Google Down the Line!: THE LOW DOWN: Henin's retirement not completely what it seems, door open for return

Monday, May 19, 2008

THE LOW DOWN: Henin's retirement not completely what it seems, door open for return

Is Justine Henin just taking a long-deserved break and not a permanent retirement as was reported? Quite possibly.

The Independent is reporting that the former world no. 1 had been dealing with serious personal issues recently, including the death of her sister Sarah's premature new born boy and a failed romance with a South African doctor that began last winter and ended only weeks ago. In fact, she almost withdrew from the epic final of last season's WTA Championships against Maria Sharapova but was urged to win it for her sister and her son.

Those amongst her inner circle are speculating the door is not completely closed on a return to tennis. Her brother Thomas, who she was hitting with recently, said,

Maybe, I don't know. In six months to a year, if she hasn't found happiness in real life, it is possible. We don't know about the future.
Her father Jose with whom she was estranged also raised questions about her motives saying about her recent relationship,
That's over, and Justine felt that men don't want her for the person she is but because she is the worldNo 1. She believes she will have a much bigger chance of meeting a good man and then having children in the future if she is not playing tennis any more.
But he also believes she's left the door open for a return:
It might be possible to see her come back one day, just a chance. When Kim Clijsters quit she stopped completely. Justine is already playing again, so who knows?
As intensely private as Justine has been historically, I wouldn't be surprised if she called it a 'retirement' in order to keep the media hawks out of her business...even for just a little while. Nothing is ever what it seems with her.

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  1. I'll hold my tongue - not. Nothing like a boy to leave a girl exhausted and needing a break from it all. I think JH may return, but sometimes it's good to stop everything. She has achieved more than enough in tennis, she feels at peace stopping. Dare I say, I know how she feels. If she ever feels bitten by the bug again (oh yeah, she will) then she'll be back. She must feel so happy now!

  2. interesting t - it makes me wonder how you understand so well. did you retire at one point in something?

  3. I count four "feel"s in the first comment. Let's refrain from making DtL into Dr. Phil/Oprah :)
    Retired? My answer is yes. You? We should talk.

    Checking out your blog some more. It's really so cool. Sweet design too.


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