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Belgian tennis star Justine Henin announces her comeback

September 22, 2009 | 11:01 am


It's official -- Justine Henin is returning to professional tennis.

The seven-time grand slam winner announced on Belgian television today that she will play in a series of exhibition tournaments before making a return to the WTA tour in 2010.

Henin said she decided to come back because she missed the sport too much. Injuries forced her to announce her retirement in May 2008 while she was ranked No. 1 in the world.

The 27-year-old makes her return a little more than a week after fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters won the U.S. Open following shortly after returning from a two-year break from the sport.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Justine Henin celebrates after winning the French Open on June 10, 2006. Credit: Michael Spingler / Associated Press