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Henin sets Brisbane return date

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  • Justine Henin will make her return to competitive tennis in January 2010
  • The 27-year-old Belgian will compete at the Brisbane International tournament
  • Seven-time Grand Slam winner Henin has been out of the sport for 15 months
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(CNN) -- Justine Henin has revealed she will make her comeback from tennis at the Brisbane International in January 2010.

Justine Henin

Justine Henin will make her return to competitive tennis at the Brisbane International in January 2010.

The 27-year-old Belgian retired in May 2008 after a succession of injury problems and cited a desire to enjoy a life away from the sport.

But Henin confirmed her decision to follow compatriot Kim Clijsters, who won the U.S. Open after ending a two-year break, in September and make a return to tennis.

Henin won seven Grand Slam titles and admitted she is looking forward to the event at the Queensland Tennis center as she steps up her preparation for the Australian Open.

"After a 15-month absence I am pleased to begin my second tennis career at the Brisbane International," Henin said in a statement.

"I am looking forward to returning to Queensland and seeing the new facilities at the tennis center as well as the surrounding attractions on offer in Brisbane.

"It will be great to get back to playing competitive tennis again and with the strong field, the same court surface and a similar climate to Melbourne, it will be the perfect preparation leading into the Australian Open," she added.

Brisbane International Tournament Director Steve Ayles said he is excited to have the former number one in the women's draw.

He told the event's Web site: "2010 is shaping up to be a blockbuster event. With the appearance of Justine, the tennis world spotlight will be on Brisbane come January and the tournament will be taken to a whole new level.

"It will be tremendous to see Justine match up against her former rival Kim Clijsters.

"With the former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and Australian Open quarterfinalist Jelena Dokic confirmed, we are looking at an extremely strong field."

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