The Justine Henin comeback rumors have been simmering ever since her countrywoman, Kim Clijsters, announced her return to the WTA tour this summer. Comeback kid Lindsay Davenport added to the speculation this weekend on FSN, saying that she’d “be surprised” if Justine never played again on the pro-circuit.
But Justine, ever the kill-joy, refuses to bite. Here she is in Saturday’s L’Equipe (google translated from French):
In an interview with L’Equipe this Saturday, Justine Henin . . . announced unequivocally that she will not retreat from her May 2008 decision to put her tennis career firmly behind her.
Now 26 years old, the Belgian player, winner of seven Grand Slam tournaments, surprised everyone when she announced her retirement last year. A phase of depression accompanied this decision, but today everything seems to be back in order. “The first two to three months, I was afraid to gain weight, afraid of emptiness. I practiced many sports, I took up my studies,” said the former champion, who also discusses her new life, including her involvement in her Limelette club and its activities.
While her compatriot Kim Clijsters officially announced her return to competition for the U.S. tour this summer, Justine Henin, however, rejects the idea of a comeback on the circuit. “The desire is not coming back,” she says during the interview. “I don’t miss tennis,” she said, categorically.
I say: “Yeah, right!” Once she sees all the headlines and gushing articles about how wonderful and talented Kim Clijsters is, Justine will be hitting the practice courts with Carlos Rodriguez before you can say “Wild Card.”
That’s what I’m hoping, at least!
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