Former world number one Justine Henin was given a lifetime tennis achievement award on Sunday night in Ostend, Northern Belgium at the nation’s prestigious Sports Gala occasion.
Besides award, the Belgian tennis star received video messages from American tennis legend Pete Sampras and Justine’s male childhood tennis idol Stefan Edberg.
“I have no regrets. I can’t regret a life which gave me so much”, explained Henin, who unexpectedly retired in May. “I learned so many things about myself. It’s important to have the wisdom to stop at a time when it’s the moment to move on. I have only good memories.”
In the picture you can see Justine with two sons of her coach Carlos Rodriguez. They have always been beside the four-time Roland Garros champion.
Manuel Rodriguez, Carlos’ elder son, read a message to Justine to close the tribute:
“When you played tennis, I went to the restaurant with you many times. You laughed and were always amused. But now that you stopped your career we like that you do even more things with us. You watch me in my activities. You belong to our family, and you will always be very important to me. I always count on you.”
At Justine Henin’s official website there is a detailed description of the Sports Gala night. (photo: sudpresse)