Justine Henin receives wildcard for Australian Open
Justine Henin has received a wildcard for the 2010 Australian Open.
“I spoke to Justine’s team over the weekend and was happy to grant her request for a wildcard into the Australian Open,” tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement.
“Justine is the ultimate competitor, the winner of seven grand slam titles, and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to the Australian Open.”
Henins announced her comeback after 18 months out of the game, saying she had been inspired by Kim Clijsters’ own stunning return after leaving the game to start a family.
Henin humbled a succession of bigger and stronger opponents in the women’s game despite her waifish 1.67 metre frame, and won 41 titles before retiring in May 2008 at the peak of her success.