Henin puts sentiment to the side with weekend visit to Roland Garros

Iron-willed Justine Henin has confirmed on the eve of the French Open that her decision ten days ago to retire is irrevocable, dpa reported.

"I don't think I will ever come back (to tennis)," said the seven-time Grand Slam champion who won Roland Garros four times including last June.

"It's important to just to move on. Tennis has been a big part of my life, and I have no regrets about that."

Henin's announcement this month dropped a bombshell on the game where she stood number one. At her request, her name was removed from the WTA rankings last Monday.

"Now I'm just going to be the real Justine," said the 25-year-old who revealed that the hardest part of her post-tennis life will be the lack of day-to-day contact with her coach of 12 years Carlos Rodriguez.

"I'm going to be myself, I'm going to be something else. It's not in my character to say maybe in two years, well, I miss tennis."

Henin said she stepped down at the top on her own terms.

"I didn't retire because I had a problem. I'm really 100 percent in everything in my life. It's time to move on. It's time to go forward and turn a certain page and go to the next one."

Henin expects to concentrate on the tennis camps she is starting in Florida and elsewhere but would not be drawn out on her future besides saying that Rodriguez would be onside as always.

"It's not easy to retire when you're number one, when you've won so many things. When you're just going to turn 26, it's not that easy.

"It's not a decision I took in a week. It took some months to really realise."

Henin confessed that she actually wanted a long break and was hoping in the worst way for one after January.

"When I came back from Australia I was injured on my right knee. I can tell you, and to be honest, I really hoped that I would have surgery and that would give me a long break."

Instead, a cortisone shot worked enough for her to play on, winning the home event in Antwerp during a sentimental February week.

"I kept playing and I kept fighting. But the passion didn't come back.

"It took me six months to take my decision, and I'm really proud I can make the step and go to the next one. It's really important."

While she says she won't miss the Grand Slam which starts on Sunday, she will watch opening day in person.

"I've always said that the Centre court in Roland Garros is the tennis court on which I've felt the most happy in the entire world.

"I'll watch Roland Garros on TV, of course, because I have a passion for this game. And I it is going to be a great moment of tennis.

"I'm so happy to be here this weekend and to watch the games over the next two weeks, but I'll be more neutral. I'll have an outsider position, and it's going to be a great pleasure for me."

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