Tim Henman

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Timothy "Tim" Henman, OBE (born September 6, 1974 in Oxford, England) is an English tennis player. He is the first British player since Roger Taylor in the 1970s to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship, and is regarded by his fans (whose devotion is known as "Henmania") as the UK's only hope of winning the tournament, a feat last achieved by Fred Perry in 1936.

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Henman at Toronto 2004


Early Life

Henman comes from a sporting family: his father was adept at various sports, including tennis. His grandfather and great-grandfather also competed at Wimbledon. Henman supports Oxford United Football Club and is a keen golfer.

Between the ages of 10 and 17 he was a member of the David Lloyd Slater Squad, where he trained alongside a number of other young British tennis hopefuls.

While still at school, Henman was diagnosed with Osteochondritis, a bone disease (one form of Chondritis). However, he kept playing tennis, and in 1992 won the National Junior titles in singles and doubles, deciding to join the professional tour in 1993.


Professional career

He climbed up the ranks very quickly: in 1994, he was among the top 200 players in the world; by 1995, among the top 100; and by 1996, he had made it into the top 30 and won a medal at the Atlanta Olympics. He was the UK's highest ranked player that year, and won the Most Improved Player trophy at the ATP awards. He was subsequently elected to the ATP Tour Player Council and went on to win his first championship in January 1997. In March of that year, he underwent surgery on his elbow which kept him out of action for two months.

In 1998, the year in which he reached Wimbledon's semi-finals for the first time, he was ranked as one of the top 10 ATP players. In 1999, Henman married his long-term girlfriend, TV producer Lucy Heald.

"Tiger Tim" - as he is fondly known to British tabloids and Wimbledon diehards (many of whom assemble on Henman Hill, unofficially named for their hero) - has come tantalisingly close to reaching the final on a number of occasions, bowing out during the semi-final in 1998, 1999, 2001 (when just two points from victory at one point) and 2002. In 2000 he reached the fourth round and in 2003 and 2004 he was ousted during the quarter-finals.

One of the tournaments he has been most successful in is Queen's Club. He reached the final in 1999, where he lost to Pete Sampras, and went on to reach the final again in 2001 and 2002, where both times he lost to Lleyton Hewitt.

Until 2004 he had never progressed beyond the fourth round of any grand slam except Wimbledon. However, he finally won a fourth round match at the French Open at the 2004 championships. His run finally came to an end in the semi-finals, where he was beaten by the Argentine Guillermo Coria after winning the first set, the first that the Argentine had lost during the championships.

In the 2004 Summer Olympics tennis event, Henman was seeded fourth and expected to do well, but lost in the first round. However, in the 2004 US Open held soon afterwards he reached the semi-finals for the first time in his career, before losing in straight sets to Roger Federer.

In 2005, he lost in straight sets to Nikolay Davydenko in the third round of the Australian Open. This was considered a great disappointment, given his improved results at Grand Slams in the previous year. He went out in the second round at both the French Open and Wimbledon. In France, he lost in four sets to Luis Horna. At Wimbledon, he lost in five sets to Dmitry Tursunov after being 2-1 up; he narrowly won his first round match also in five sets, having been 2-0 down. At the US Open he lost in straight sets in the first round to Fernando Verdasco.

Even though he is now over 30, some British fans still believe Henman will eventually become the first British player in almost 70 years to win the Wimbledon Men's Singles title.

Henman was created an OBE in the 2003 New Year's Honours List.

Singles Record

Titles Won

Tennis Masters Series (1)
ATP Tour (10)
Challengers (2)


No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. Oct, 1995 Seoul, South Korea Clay Vincenzo Santopadre, Italy 6-2 4-6 6-4
2. Nov, 1995 Réunion, French Colony Hard Patrick Baur, Germany 1-6 6-3 7-6
3. Jan 6, 1997 Sydney, Australia Hard Carlos Moya, Spain 6-3 6-1
4. Sep 8, 1997 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Marc Rosset, Switzerland 7-6 6-4
5. Oct 5, 1998 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russia 7-5 6-4
6. Oct 5, 1998 Basel, Switzerland Carpet Andre Agassi, USA 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-4
7. Oct 9, 2000 Vienna, Austria Carpet Tommy Haas (Germany) 6-4 6-4 6-4
8. Nov 20, 2000 Brighton, Great Britain Hard Dominik Hrbaty (Slovakia) 6-2 6-2
9. Feb 12, 2001 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard Andreas Vinciguerra (Sweden) 6-3 6-4
10. Oct 22, 2001 Basel, Switzerland Carpet Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-3 6-4 6-2
11. Jan 1, 2002 Adelaide, Australia Hard Mark Philippoussis (Australia) 6-4 6-7 6-3
12. Jul 28, 2003 Washington, USA Hard Fernando Gonzalez (Chile) 6-3 6-4
13. Oct 27, 2003 Paris Masters, France Carpet Andrei Pavel (Romania) 6-2 7-6 7-6

Singles Finalist

Tennis Masters Series (3)
ATP Tour (13)


Doubles Record

Titles Won

Tennis Masters Series (2)
ATP Tour (2)
Challengers (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. 1995 Manchester, UK Grass Mark Petchey, UK - -
2. 1995 Azores, Portugal Hard David Saceanu, Germany - -
3. 1995 Seoul, South Korea Clay Andrew Richardson, UK - -
4. 1997 Basel, Switzerland Carpet Marc Rosset, Switzerland Karsten Braasch, Germany and Jim Grabb, USA 7-6 6-7 7-6
5. 1999 London, UK Carpet Greg Rusedski, UK - -
6. 1999 Monte Carlo Masters Hard Olivier Delaitre, France Jiri Novak and David Rikl, Czech Republic 6-2 6-3
7. 2004 Monte Carlo Masters Carpet Nenad Zimonjic, Serbia & Montenegro Gaston Etlis and Martin Rodriguez, Argentina 7-5 6-2

Doubles Finalist

Olympic Games (1)
ATP Tour (1)
Note: The Tennis Masters Series, Masters Series and ATP Masters Series Events - as they are variously referred to, are a group of tournaments with more prestige than normal tour events, but less importance than the Grand Slams.

Performance Timeline

Tournament 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 Career
Australian Open 3r 3r - 4r 4r 4r 3r 1r 3r 2r - - 0
French Open 2r SF 3r 2r 3r 3r 3r 1r 1r 1r - - 0
Wimbledon 2r QF QF SF SF 4r SF SF QF QF 2r 1r 0
US Open 1r SF 1r 3r 3r 3r 1r 4r 2r 4r 2r - 0
Tennis Masters Cup 1r - - - - - SF - - - - 0

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