Justine Henin announced her return to the pro tour on Belgian television on Tuesday:
I have a smattering of French – enough to get the gist of what she’s saying – but I’m not fluent enough to provide a transcript. Feel free to provide your translations in the comments section!
The New York Times has some quotes from Henin’s agent:
Henin’s longtime agent, Ken Meyerson, said in a telephone interview that she had decided to come out of retirement before the Open began. He said she had been practicing, felt rejuvenated by the time off and was thrilled at how well she was hitting the ball.
“I think these gals — and guys, too, because it’s not just the women — have played so much tennis for so long, and it’s just so comprehensive,” Meyerson said. “They might have two, three weeks off a year, with all the foundation and philanthropic work they do. They do that for years and years. It’s physical and it’s mental burnout. These girls just need time to rest and rejuvenate. That’s exactly what happened to Justine.”
“She will want to be a major player, a major force in the sport again,” Meyerson said. “And if she didn’t think she could, she would not come back.”
I’m still a little bit in shock that this is actually happening!