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Henin announces sudden retirement. From Sceral. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on May 14, 2008

World number one of women's tennis Justine Henin and her trainer Carlos Rodriguez announce her retirement to the press, at her tennis club TC Justine N1, on May 14, 2008 in Limette, Belgium. The 25-year-old insists her decision is final and said "It's the end of a wonderful adventure but it's something I have been thinking about for a long time".  She is the winner of seven Grand Slam singles titles and 41 WTA singles titles.   (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images) 


WTA Tour – Henin announces sudden retirement

Eurosport – Wed, 14 May 15:18:00 2008

World number one Justine Henin has announced her retirement from professional tennis with immediate effect.

“It’s the end of a wonderful adventure but it’s something I have been thinking about for a long time,” the 25-year-old Belgian said.

Winner of seven Grand Slam singles crowns, Henin suffered a surprise defeat in the third round of the German Open last week. She then withdrew from this week’s Italian Open, citing fatigue.

Only last week Henin wrote on her website that she had been training without any problems and was injury free.

“She’s simply burned out and has no more juice to go on,” her agent Ken Meyerson told ESPN.

“I was surprised at the urgency of the decision. We, as agents, like long farewells. I’m really sad.

“She did so much for the game, and we need her in the women’s game. Pound-for-pound, she was one of the best tennis players in history. She was an underdog. She was someone we could relate to.”

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament to have eluded her, with runner-up finishes in 2001 and 2006 her best results in London.

Despite her patchy form this season, Henin would be a favourite heading into this month’s Roland Garros to win a fifth French Open crown.

Her retirement comes a year after compatriot and fellow former world number one Kim Clijsters walked away from the sport to start a family.


13 Responses to “Henin announces sudden retirement. From Sceral. Thanks.”

  1. Sarah said

    Time to kick back and enjoy your life, Justine; I know you will be a success at whatever you decide to do. And if you want to come back, we will welcome you with open arms. I will miss you. I know Serena, Maria, and Anna will miss you too. Take care.

  2. Sandra said

    All the very best to Justine. I loved to watch her play.

  3. Carolee Pastorius said

    One of the most beautiful players ever to play: best of luck, Justine. I hope you can relax and enjoy life to the fullest.

  4. chieko said

    The world will miss her. But I am sure she does need the break and it is the best time for her according to her.

  5. April said

    I was stunned when I went to the Tennis Channel and saw the news. She is the best in the world. I know she has had a tough time lately but I thought she would maybe just take a break and then come back to the game. Boy was I wrong. And wasn’t she supposed to try to break her own record by winning the French Open again? Any ideas as to who is favored to win now?

  6. Jenny said

    I’m really sorry Justine, I’ll miss you and your beautiful game. Have a wonderful ‘retirement’ and thank you for the pleasure of seeing you play.

  7. RogerFan said

    Oh no!!! She is so beautiful to watch and really showed that the finesse game is still alive. This is shocking considering that she is truly the queen of RG. She will be missed at every tournament.

  8. Anand_101 said

    I think this is about a man i.e. a relationship. And knowing relationships, she might be back in a couple of years :).

  9. Sarah said


    So much speculations about whether or not she has a new boyfriend or if she is pregnant. Like Roger, she hasn’t a great year. Could be she just needs some time out? Didn’t Lindsey retire too? But I hope Justine does come back. She is so young and very good. It not like her game is declining.

  10. saras said

    Justin, if you decide to come back, you are most welcome…
    Relax, enjoy life..& good luck in your endevours.

  11. Rock said

    Terrific player. Probably the first women who impressed me with her game than her physical attributes. A class player in womens tennis,is Justine. Retiring when she is at her peak and not dragging along with the game is what people call it a bold move by a tiny lady. Good luck.

  12. Steph said

    I, too, am saddened by her sudden retirement. Though, it has been apparent she has been suffering from burnout this year. Who can’t relate?

    It is not as if she is going to spend her days sipping cocktails and playing shuffleboard. If memory serves, she has opened two tennis centers, one in Belgium, one in Orlando, FL, I believe. I am sure that will keep her busy.


  13. Roddick's Girl (aka Fatma) said

    it’s heartbreaking the fact that she lost the fire that drove her 2 vistory according 2 her coash , it’s such a big loss 2 women’s tennis , Justine is one of a kind
    Gosh I’m Gonna miss her , she’s one hell of a player
    hope she’ll really enjoy life
    I really hope she’ll surprise us & come back one day

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