In an article by Beverly Smith, Joannie Rochette mentions that she "more than likely" will sit out the fall Grand Prix series. She does mention, however, that she will compete at the Japan Open International competition in early October. This was the competition in which Joannie debuted her "Samson and Delilah" free skate last season, easily winning the ladies competition with a score of 126 points. Here's her performance:
While Joannie is still keeping her schedule open for the possibility of competing at the 2011 Canadians, I reported a few months ago that Scott Hamilton is working on re-building the professional circuit, with plans of competitions taking place right around the time of Nationals and throughout next winter. I suspect if this follows through that many skaters on the fence, such as Joannie, might jump on the opportunity. I am sure the cash prizes will be especially lucrative!
Another issue with Joannie continuing to compete is that her long-time coach, Manon Perron, has been working as "Expert Coach" of the Quebec Section in Canada, and part of the requirement of this job was that she could no longer coach any singles skaters. Rochette was the exception for the last few years, but this was only to last throughout the just completed Olympic season. Therefore, if she does continue to compete seriously on the World level, there is the question of finding a new coach and possibly establishing a different routine of training. After the absolute whirlwind of publicity and all of the appearances Joannie has made since the Olympic Games, does she really want to go through all of that?