Henin willing to look at coaching after having another child

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 /by
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Justine Henin would consider becoming a coach on tour, but first wants to have more children.

"When I think about how to stay connected to the world of tennis, the idea of becoming a coach is tempting," she told Belgian press. "It will take more time. The difficulty would be transmitting my ideas and adapting to the personality of the player. This would be a good challenge for me."

Henin, who has a daughter, Lalie, wants to have another child and look at coaching in "two, three, five years." The former No. 1 said she would prefer to work with a younger player not established on the circuit.

For the moment, Henin is running her tennis academy—recently getting it out of financial problems—and traveling frequently to take in sights she did not get to see while playing tennis.

Henin did not commentate on the French Open for television as in previous years, but did watch some of the tournament, including the women's final between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep, and the men's final won by Rafael Nadal.

"I didn't see a lot of matches, she said. "It seemed all the quarterfinalists were athletic. Sharapova is still a warrior. Like it or not, she has the mentality of a champion. I had not seen Halep play before. She has an intelligent game. There is a little something that reminds me of myself... it is offensive and aggressive."

Asked about the challenges experienced by Belgian tennis, Henin said, "The country has a lot of technical potential but is stuck at the physical level. Technical potential and talent is not enough."

Belgium has two women, Kirsten Flipkens and Yanina Wickmayer, in the Top 100 of the WTA rankings.

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