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Henin's Long Anticipated Press Conference... Is Finally Here..

Here is a report on Justine's UNICEF Press Conference.

As feared by some on this board, this report has more about tennis than UNICEF.

Form what I can, tell, Henin could not steer the journalist to limit their questions on UNICEF



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Justine Henin leaves tennis return question open

Henin was asked again if she would return to the WTA Tennis Tour and her answer is no longer the definitive “no”. Instead she said “Come back and ask me later.”

Henins, who is an UNICEF goodwill ambassador, tried to keep the press conference focused on tetanus vaccinations for mothers and babies in developing nations.

“We are here to discuss child mortality in the world, a subject matter which is important enough to center on this today,” she said.

After retiring in May 2008, Henin said the sport had left her with so many physical pains that a return was unthinkable but recently she began training again for a small exhibition tournament in southern Charleroi, one she has played in regularly during the December winter break.


Henin also pulled out of a theater commitment, fueling rumors that she needed time for tennis practice.

Justine was asked about Clijsters’ surge and the surprise run of Yanina Wickmayer, landing two Belgians in the semifinals of the U.S. Open.
“It is magnificent, that is evident,” Henin said. “But understand that I am here in my role as ambassador.”

Henin has traveled recently to Congo, Cambodia and Denmark to learn more about child vaccinations and how it affects survival for hundreds of thousands of poor mothers and babies around the world. Her face will become the face of the UNICEF tetanus campaign this fall.

“I have been able to discover so many things in my life after tennis,” she said. “You live in a bubble and in leaving it, you ask plenty of questions on plenty of issues.”
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Retired Justine Henin leaves open a return to competitive tennis

Belgium's former number one tennis champion and UNICEF Ambassador Justine Henin speaks during a media conference regarding childhood vaccinations in developing countries at UNICEF headquarters in Brussels, Thursday Sept. 10, 2009. Amid the resurgence of Belgian tennis, Justine Henin has moved from retirement, to confirming she won't come back, and now, to refusing to discuss her future. As UNICEF goodwill ambassador, she now tries hard to stay focused on tetanus vaccinations for mothers and babies in developing nations. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) (Virginia Mayo, AP / September 10, 2009)






BRUSSELS (AP) — Justine Henin has gone from confirming she won't return to competitive tennis to refusing to discuss her future.

The retired Henin was asked again Thursday if she would return to the sport. The answer is no longer the definitive "no" it once was. It is now something more like, "Come back and ask me later."

A UNICEF goodwill ambassador, she tried to keep the press conference focused on tetanus vaccinations for mothers and babies in developing nations.

"We are here to discuss child mortality in the world, a subject matter which is important enough to center on this today," she said at UNICEF headquarters.

Last year, Henin shocked the tennis world by announcing her retirement while ranked No. 1. In May, she said the sport had left her with so many physical pains that a return was unthinkable.

Yet she was seen training again recently, apparently for a small exhibition tournament in southern Charleroi, one she has played in regularly during the December winter break.

Some wonder if the exhibition will have the same impact as it did on Kim Clijsters. After retiring two years ago, she played an exhibition at Wimbledon this spring to test the new retractable roof. It got her competitive fire burning again.

Clijsters returned to the tour last month, and will play in the semifinals of the U.S Open on Friday.

Henin also pulled out of a theater commitment, fueling rumors that she needed time for tennis practice.

On Thursday, she deflected such questions. Four months ago, she said competitive tennis "is truly a page that has been turned."

She was asked about Clijsters' surge and the surprise run of teenager Yanina Wickmayer, landing two Belgians in the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

"It is magnificent, that is evident," Henin said. "But understand that I am here in my role as ambassador."

Over the past months, Henin has traveled to Congo, Cambodia and Denmark to learn more about child vaccinations and how it affects survival for hundreds of thousands of poor mothers and babies around the world. Her face will become the face of the UNICEF tetanus campaign this fall.

"I have been able to discover so many things in my life after tennis," she said. "You live in a bubble and in leaving it, you ask plenty of questions on plenty of issues."

At 27, it would certainly not be too late for a comeback. As the 26-year-old Clijsters has proved, breaking back into the top at short notice is possible.

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Henin also pulled out of a theater commitment, fueling rumors that she needed time for tennis practice.

On Thursday, she deflected such questions. Four months ago, she said competitive tennis "is truly a page that has been turned."
She is clearing her schedule, and no longer has a categoric NO to answer question of comeback.
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"Come back and ask me later." How about in February at Paris Indoors? Bring it on!
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Well, it's obvious she is returning then.




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"I have been able to discover so many things in my life after tennis"
If she is happy right now and has stability in her life, she can ruin it by making comeback. Hopefully not.

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She's not coming back.
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She's not coming back.
The article says she is no longer defnite on the question.

She used to give a categoric NO to the quesion of coming back. No longer
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"Come back and ask me later" <<< That means YES in my book!
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The article says she is no longer defnite on the question.

She used to give a categoric NO to the quesion of coming back. No longer
The press conference which was aired in belgium live and she said a few times :

No, and I do not wish to talk about it. & I would like to ask you for respect, today is about unicef, I wish not to talk about tennis, if I have something to tell, we'll talk about it another time, and currently I have nothing to report.

They longer the press conference took, the more her answer weakened, this was probably done to make them stop asking, so I doubt a comeback. She also stated powerful : I am happy with my life after tennis and it gives me a lot of satisfaction.
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she will come back before she was saying "NO!" but now she doesn't want to answer
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