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  • Justine Henin
    A three-time winner of the French Open over four years, Belgian tennis player Justine Henin has won 24 titles to date, including the U.S. Open, the Australian Open and a Gold Medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic games. She turned professional in 1999 and is currently ranked number one by the Women’s Tennis Association.

    Justine Henin was born on 1st June 1982 during the Roland Garros Tournament. She discovered her love for sport through her sportive environment in Rochefort where she has lived within a stone's throw from the local tennis club. She did her first steps in a tennis court when she was five years old and passed her first official tennis test for competition at the age of six. The Belgian-Argentinean Carlos Rodriguez has been coaching her since the age of 14.

    In 1999, Justine Henin became a full-time professional. It was also the year of her first participation at the Fed Cup with the Belgian national team. Her first steps in the women circuit were a wonderful success as she won the final of the tournament of Antwerp against Sarah Pitkowski.

    It was said that the year 2003 would be Justine’s year: winner of two Grand Slams and five other tournaments. It is logic that the champion would be the number one of the world by the end of the year. From January 2004 on, she won the two most important tournaments in Australia: Sydney and Melbourne, and then she won the tournament in Dubai and the tournament with the big reputation: Indian Wells. In 2002, she went to the Olympics in Athens, and won the Gold medal. This is, she said with great emotion, the most beautiful victory in her career. An illness and some wound thwarted her career but in 2005 she won three tournaments, Charleston, Warsaw and Berlin, and then Roland Garros once again.

    Justine Henin's mother died of cancer when Justine was 12 years old. Since late 2003, she wanted to contribute to the fight against cancer. In 2004, she created her own foundation “Justine’s Winners’ Circle”. The foundation’s goals are to give financial assistance to families with sick children, to make the dreams of the children come true and to organize meetings with Justine.

    As a UNESCO Champion for Sport she is entrusted with a special mission to promote the fight against doping in sport.

  • Watch Justin Henin's message in her role as UNESCO Champion for Sport for the fight against doping
  • "Winning is important but not at any price": read the interview with Justine Henin
  • UNESCO and Anti-Doping
  • Official website of Justine Henin
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    Justine Henin joins future tennis champions to defend sporting values
    Justine-Henin_tn.jpgFor the fifth consecutive year, UNESCO will participate in the ‘Paris Stade Francais Youth Tennis Open – BNP Paribas Cup’, an international tournament organized over the past 18 years by the Stade Francais tennis club. This year’s competition will be held from 9-15 July with the participation of young tennis-players aged 13 to 14 years from more than 60 countries. More

    First Conference of States Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport: Vyacheslav Fetisov elected Chairman – Justine Henin delivers video message
    Fetisov-2007_tn.jpgThe first session of the Conference of States Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport was convened by the Director-General from 5 to 7 February 2007 at the Organization’s Headquarters. It brought together the 41 States that ratified the Convention by 31 December 2006 and took place just a few days after its entry into force, on 1 February 2007. More

    Justine Henin joins as first woman the ranks of UNESCO Champions for Sport
    Justine_designation_tn.jpgThe WTA number one Belgian tennis player Justine Henin was designated UNESCO Champion for Sport by the Organization’s Director-General, Koďchiro Matsuura, on 14 December 2006 at Roland Garros in Paris in the presence of Ms Marie Arena, Minister-President of the Government of the French Community of Belgium, Mr Claude Eerdekens, Minister of Public Office and Sport of the French Community of Belgium and Mr Christian Bîmes, President of the French tennis federation. More


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