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BREAKING: Henin to announce retirement today according to Belgian newspaper

Is Justine Henin retiring from professional tennis? Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad is reporting the world no. 1 will announce her retirement today. Justine has been struggling of late and I wondered where all the talk of retirement had been coming from - now we know where her mind has been recently.

This news would truly be shocking.

Stay tuned - she is scheduled for a news conference at 10am EST.

UPDATE: Justine announced her official retirement from professional tennis in a news conference in Belgium. She has been considering the decision for the past six months or so, said her agent Ken Meyerson:
She's simply burned out and has no more juice to go on. 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.
"It's the end of a wonderful adventure but it's something I have been thinking about for a long time," Justine said about her career.


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Comment by tennis baller on May 15, 2008 at 9:09am
yeah i agree mark. she seems to base a lot of her decisions on emotion which is why I think they're always so abrupt and random (i may know something about this). so yes, she may have just needed a long break and will realize that it's okay to go away for a while and then come back when you're ready, like Federer mentioned.

maybe she called it a retirement so that the media would be kept at bay and not ask questions - again because she's such a private person.
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on May 15, 2008 at 7:43am
Nahhhh, I thinnk it is good old-fashioned burnout. I read an article that mentioned that recently Henin would not mind getting injured because it was a break from the game for her. So sad - I feel like this one is going to be one of those regretted retirements.
Comment by Catherine on May 15, 2008 at 7:21am
terrible shock.. she may have family commitments..
Comment by tennis baller on May 14, 2008 at 8:41am
the retirement is effectively immediately - see UPDATE on the post. i'll be watching this story very closely today.
Comment by tennis baller on May 14, 2008 at 8:40am
yes i'm shocked...i wonder if it isn't her health or something. she's very private so she may not want to discuss it too much. in any case, it's a big loss for the tour.
Comment by mikeindo on May 14, 2008 at 8:27am
yeah ESPN said retirement effective immediately. strange that as of right now (9:30 CST), the WTA site has no mention of it.

side note: saw on the WTA site that former #2 Anastasia Myskina had a baby. kinda forgot about her...
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on May 14, 2008 at 7:58am
What a waste!
So true! - So much talent and the women's game certainly is better with her in the mix. It's always weird when a number 1 decides to leave. (Borg, anyone?) So does this mean she won't even play the French this year????
Comment by Catherine on May 14, 2008 at 7:24am
She is one of the most fascinating female tennis players I ever looked up to! Indeed, what a waste!
Comment by Catherine on May 14, 2008 at 7:23am
What?!?! What a waste! Justine Henin should not retire!!!

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