Four-time Roland Garros champion Justine Henin, who quit tennis last year while still on top of the rankings, was in Paris on Thursday to attend a ceremony where she was honored with an alley at the claycourt Grand Slam being named after her.
The Belgian is standing by her decision to stay away from competitive tennis, even though she knows very well how hard it is to switch to a totally different way of life.
I think that this step, to move on, is very hard. I can tell you even if I have a lot of character, it hasn’t been that easy for myself either, to, you know, stop tennis and be back in like a normal life. I think not everyone can make this step, and maybe, you know, want to be back because they don’t know what to do. You have to discover who you are and to build another life. It’s like it’s a new birth, you know.
(source: ESPN, photos via Great Tennis Photos)