Former No.1 Justine Henin announces comeback


Belgian tennis star Justine Henin, who retired last year at the top of the game, has confirmed that she will return to the competitive sport in 2010.

The 27-year-old announced on Belgian television on Tuesday that she will participate in a series of exhibition tournaments before making a comeback to the WTA tour next year.

“I’m really happy and deeply moved to be able to announce tonight that I’m coming back to competitive tennis,” she told RTL-TVI.

Despite her small frame, Henin was one of the most dangerous players ever in the women’s game. She has claimed seven Grand Slam titles as well as an Olympic gold in 2004, and became the first woman player to retire at No. 1, after winning nearly $20 million in prize money in her career.

Her announcement came a week after fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters captured the U.S. Open crown following a similar period of retirement.