Former World No. 1 Justine Henin, of Belgium, who turns 38 years old on June 1st, says she is missing tennis during the current shutdown but is happy to spend time with her family and at her academy.
Justine Henin says she was lucky to fulfill her childhood dream of winning Roland Garros
Speaking on an Instagram chat of the WeAreTennis website, Henin, who commentates for the sport on television now, says, "I miss tennis, I had to travel a lot for my work as a commentator but finally I am at home with my husband and my kids.
For the moment, I am very involved in my academy. And then I spend time with my kids, I fully assume my role as a mom. We are going through a difficult period and I took advantage of this break to take time for myself."
Henin won the French Open four times in her career and says it was always her childhood dream to win in Paris. "As a child, I dreamed of winning the French Open even if few people thought it was possible. I am proud and happy to be part of the history of this tournament.
I am aware of what I have achieved. I had the game I needed to win on clay. I played tennis because I saw Roland Garros on TV. It's a beautiful love story with the French Grand Slam. A few months before (when I won my first title), there was a click in my head.
On the day of the final, I was overtaken by my mission, that of winning for my mom. It is important that children live dreams. When I was five, I lived in my room dreaming of a victory at Roland, lifting the trophy and answering questions from journalists.
I was lucky to fulfill myself in my passion." The Belgian also spoke about her rivalry with compatriot Kim Clijsters, who has returned to the circuit earlier this year. "If she hadn't been there with me, I wouldn't have been such a good player.
It's like Nadal, Federer and Djokovic who have made tennis evolve. The competition should not paralyze you. We should not compare ourselves but get inspired by what others achieve. We had different personalities (me and Kim).
We're not going to call each other to have dinner but when we meet we talk a lot, especially about children. I was surprised when she returned to the tour. I respect her choice but never felt the urge to do like her. ” Justine Henin won seven Grand Slam singles titles in her career, including 4 French Opens, two US Opens and one Australian Open.
She also won a gold medal in the women's singles at the 2004 Olympic Games and in total, she won 43 WTA singles titles. The Belgian spent a total of 117 weeks as the world No. 1.