TIM HENMAN is a nationwide treasure however sadly by no means managed to make it to a Grand Slam remaining.
The 43-year-old made a profitable transfer into the commentary field after retiring and has been a revered member of the BBC punditry crew since.
Who’s Tim Henman?
Timothy “Tim” Henman was born in Oxford. He’s a retired English skilled Tennis participant.
Henman was ranked British No 1 in 1996 and once more from 1999 to 2005, after which he was succeeded by Andy Murray.
“Tiger Tim” was a star at Wimbledon, however by no means managed to succeed in the ultimate – making the semi-final 4 instances however sadly lacking out, every time shedding to the eventual champion.
He additionally made 4 different quarter-finals at SW19.
An professional on grass for a lot of his profession, 2004 was his greatest season as he additionally made the semi-finals on the French and US Open.
He reached a excessive of World No four in three durations from July 2002 to October 2004, earlier than lastly retiring in September 2007.
He has been part of BBC protection since 2008.
What was his adolescence like?
Henman started enjoying tennis earlier than the age of three with a shortened squash racket in his household owned backyard tennis court docket.
The Oxford-born star got here from an extended line of Wimbledon legends.
Each his maternal grandfather, Henry Billington, and his maternal grandmother, Susan Billington, had been regulars within the 1950s – and even performed blended doubles collectively at Sw19.
His maternal great-grandmother, Susan Billington, additionally performed and was reportedly the primary lady to serve overarm.
Henman was picked up by the Slater Squad on the age of 11 the place he was coached by David Lloyd.
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Slater continued to fund Henman despite the youngster missing two years with injuries, because of insistence from Lloyd who believed in Henman’s tennis abilities.
From seven to eleven he was enrolled in the private Dragon School in Oxford. He was appointed the school’s captain of tennis and led the school’s tennis team to win 21 out of 27 matches.
At the age of 16, Henman told his mother that it was impossible for him to achieve good grades while keeping up in the tennis world.
In 1990 he dropped out of school and focused on becoming a singles player with the support of coach David Lloyd.
How was his tennis career?
Henman played both singles and doubles across his career.
He managed to win 11 ATP titles and at the start of his career won a brilliant silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
Earning a reputation as a nearly man, Henman reached six Grand Slam semi-finals but lost all of them – four of those in agonising fashion at Wimbledon.
He was the first British player to reach the semis since Roger Taylor in the 1970s.
He reached his highest ever career ranking of World No 4 on July 8, 2002.
At his last Grand Slam appearance ever, he lost in the second round to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets.
As a doubles player, Henman won another four ATP titles.
Henman made more than £10million in prize money during his career.
Is Tim Henman married?
On 11th December 1999, Henman married his long-time girlfriend Lucy Heald, in Hampshire.
They have had three daughters.