Henin was the one retiring but was totally composed during the news conference. Rodriguez was the one who had a hard time and it was touching to see. It was reported this way:
Dressed in a simple white T-shirt and jeans, her brown hair in a ponytail, Henin spoke in French for nine minutes before taking questions Wednesday. She never lost her composure and held the microphone firmly.
But her coach, Carlos Rodriguez, broke down in tears.
"Because of her," he said, "I am somebody."