13 Oct 2009

Henin to play Australian Open

5:57 am on 13 October 2009

The former world women's tennis number one Justine Henin has been granted a wildcard for the Australian Open in January.

The 27-year-old Belgian announced last month that she would come out of retirement in 2010 after less than two years away.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley says he spoke to Justine's team over the weekend and was happy to grant her request for a wildcard into the first grand slam of the new year.

Henin is expected to make her return to competitive tennis at the Brisbane International, starting on January 3rd, ahead of the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 18th.