Great news for SoCal tennis fans – Justine Henin was granted a wild card for Indian Wells, a.k.a. the BNP Paribas Open, which begins on March 8. This will be Henin’s next tournament after playing the Australian Open. She won the event in 2004.
Quotes via the tournament website on February 3:
“Not only is the BNP Paribas Open excited to have Justine in the field, but I’m certain our fans are going to be thrilled to have the opportunity to see such a phenomenal player compete again at our tournament,” said (tournament director Steve) Simon. “Adding a former champion, and one of the best women’s players of all-time, means that fans will again get to witness some of the finest tennis in the world.”
“I am very happy that the BNP Paribas Open has granted me a wildcard, and I look forward to returning to Indian Wells,” said Henin. “I am excited to be back on Tour, and hope to continue the success I have had thus far in 2010. The fan support has been incredible, and I hope that I am able to claim my first title of the season at the BNP Paribas Open in March!”
That quote from the TD brings up an interesting question – is Justine Henin really “one of the best women’s players of all-time”? Or does she still have something to prove?
Check out Justine’s redesigned website here.