Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tim Henman

Timothy Henry "Tim" Henman OBE (born 6 September 1974) is a retired English professional tennis player and former British Number One. Henman played a serve-and-volley style of tennis that suited the grass courts of Wimbledon. He was the first player from the United Kingdom since Roger Taylor in the 1970s to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship.
Henman never reached the finals of any Grand Slam but having reached six Grand Slam semi-finals, won 15 career ATP titles (11 in singles and 4 in doubles), and been ranked number 4 in the world, Henman was one of Britain's most successful open era male tennis players. He retired after helping Great Britain defeat Croatia in a Davis Cup match played in September 2007. Nicknamed "Tiger Tim", Henman is worth £17 million and remains a celebrity among the public .
After these tournaments Henman travelled back to the UK to help defeat the Netherlands 4–1 by winning both his rubbers in straight sets in the Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone match at the Birmingham NEC. The victory allowed Great Britain a play off against Croatia for the World Group in October 2007, played on Court 1 at Wimbledon. Henman took part alongside Andy Murray.
Henman became part of the commentary team for the BBC coverage of the 2008 Wimbledon Championships and 2009 Wimbledon Championships.On 11 December 1999,Henman took part in a test event for the adoption of the centre court roof in May 2009 and played mixed doubles with Kim Clijsters against husband and wife team Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.
In September 2006, Henman played two tournaments in the far east. Starting in Bangkok, Henman reached the Quarter Finals where he lost to Paradorn Srichaphan 6–7 6–4 7–6. Henman then reached his first final since 2004 (Indian Wells) at the AIG Open in Tokyo, losing to Roger Federer 6–3 6–3.
Tim Henman Performance
At the time of his retirement Henman, had already committed to playing a Charity Exhibition at London's Royal Albert Hall during the Seniors Tennis Event The Blackrock Masters in December 2007. Henman's opponent was veteran Swede and former Wimbledon Champion Stefan Edberg, Tim won the pro-set 8–4.
Henman married his long-term girlfriend, TV producer Lucy Heald in Hampshire. Together they have three daughters, Rose Elizabeth "Rosie" (born Hammersmith and Fulham, London, 19 October 2002),[9] Olivia Susan (born Hammersmith and Fulham, 15 December 2004), and Grace (born 14 September 2007).

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