Belgium’s Former World Number One tennis player, entrepreneur, and media consultant
Justine Henin is considered one of the greatest female players ever. She placed as the world’s No. 1 female tennis player for 117 weeks and ranked as the top female tennis player in the world in the years 2003, 2006, and 2007. In 2001, she firmly helped establish Belgium as a force in the world of tennis when, together with Kim Clijsters, she led the country to win its first Federation Cup crown.
Justine Henin holds seven Grand Slam titles, i.e., 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007 French Open, the 2003 and 2007 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. Furthermore, she was the Wimbledon runner-up on two occasions, namely in 2001 and 2006. In 2001 she also won gold in the 2004 Olympic Games in the women’s singles and won the WTA Tour Championships in both 2006 and 2006. She has won a total of 43 WTA singles titles.
Because of her innate tennis style that includes vicious volleys and aggressive baseline rallies coupled with powerful, precision playing laced with brilliance and brutality, Justine Henin was dubbed the ‘female Federer’. John McEnroe, another tennis great, described her backhand as “…the most beautiful in the world”. Sadly, due to a chronic elbow injury, she had to retire from professional tennis in 2011. Her contribution to the game, however, saw her become the first Belgian tennis player inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
These days a consultant for Eurosport and France Televisions, Justine Henin comments on various tennis Grand Slam Tournaments. She also coaches young tennis players and runs her own tennis academy.
A widely sought-after speaker, Justine Henin frequently speaks at company functions, business circles, and professional associations on a variety of relatable topics. During her talks, she shares her journey to the top of her sport, embellishing her talks with personal examples and anecdotes. She lives in Belgium and speaks English and French.