Timothy Henry Henman OBE (born 6 September 1974) is a well-known British retired tennis player.

Henman’s tennis playing style comprised of a serve-and-volley technique.

He was the first player in the UK since Roger Taylor to succeed in the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Championship within the 1970s.

Source: tennisworldusa.org

Henry has never reached a final of any Grand Slam but has managed to reach six Grand Slam semi-finals.

He had won 11 matches in singles and 4 in doubles (15 career ATP titles). This includes the Paris Masters in 2003.

With the Great Britain Davis Cup team, he had scored 40 wins and 14 losses.

In 1996, Henry was ranked British no 1. He again received the same position from 1999 to 2005. Afterward, he was succeeded by Andy Murray.

Between July 2002 and October 2004, during three different periods, Henry reached a career-high ranking of World No. 4.

By winning $11,635,542 prize money, he also became one of Britain’s most successful open-era tennis players.

He was designated as an OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours.

Timothy is 46 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall, and weighs 77 kgs.

Early life

At the age of 11, the Slater Squad, a group that was funded by financier Jim Slater Henry picked Henry. This squad wanted to coach young players from the ages of 9 and 11.

Within the squad, Henry used to receive advice from Donald Watt for up to two hours every day and they worked on his tennis playing skills for three hours a day.

In contradiction to popular belief, Henry wasn’t considered the simplest of the bunch. British 1976 French Open Women’s champion, Sue Barker, concluded that there was “nothing particularly special in his game in those days”.

Despite that, Henry was a hard worker, a quality that was noticed by Sue.

With most believing Marc Moreso to be the group’s brightest hope, none of his fellow players observed Henry as a possible British favorite.

When he finally became a member of the Slater Squad, Henry was diagnosed with a bone disease, osteochondritis. As a result, he couldn’t play tennis for 6 months.

However, Slater did not stop funding him while he was recovering.

Source: gq-magazine.co.uk

At School, he failed chemistry but passed ten GCSE exams. He worked in Anji’s emporium to save money for a replacement racquet.

It had become impossible for him to retain his good grades while spending time within the tennis world. As a result, he dropped out of faculty altogether back in 1990.

While he solely focused on becoming a singles player, the Squad had confidence in Henry as more of a doubles player.

Henry had managed to win five doubles and two singles tournaments according to the available statistics.

However, due to differences with the Slater Squad, he started playing for the LTA in 1991. At the age of 17, Henman was able to pull a tour to South America for eight weeks.

Tennis career 

During his first tour back in 1991, Henry did not have much luck. However, his performances in the doubles were a lot better as compared to the singles.

The following year, Henman defeated Delgado in the semi-finals in Nottingham which marked a great start for Henry.

However, Mark Schofield defeated him in the finals. Additionally, in the junior French Open, he was defeated by Björn Jacob within the first round of the Wimbledon junior. He was also defeated by Enrique Abaroa in straight sets.

However, things improved for the young player as he reached the semi-finals without dropping one set within the National Junior Championships.

Henman met Schofield within the semi-finals and defeated him.

Henman then met Nick Baglin within the finals and won the match 3–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–4. He turned 18 in 1992 and began his tennis career within the senior satellite tournaments.

Henry headed for the U.S following the grass season. Here, he defeated Cédric Pioline (No. 16) in straight sets. Pioline was a french player and also the 1993 US Open finalist.

However, he lost the subsequent round.

Henman then defeated Juan Albert Viloca, a Spanish player in the first round, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2.

In the next round, he was defeated by Jared Palmer, an American player, within four sets, 4–6, 7–6, 3–6, 1–6. He ended the year 1995, with a ranking of 95.

One of his most successful tournaments has been in Queen’s Club.

In 1999, he reached the final and lost the match against Pete Sampras. He then lost two times against an Australian player, Lleyton Hewitt after reaching the finals in 2001 and 2002. He came closest to winning in the Wimbledon in 2001 but failed narrowly.

Source: eurosport.com

Personal life

Tim Henman comes from a family that has a background in tennis.

Henry Billington, his grandfather, competed at Wimbledon. The first lady athlete to serve overarm at Wimbledon in 1901 was Ellen Stawell Brown, his great grandparent. 

He dated TV producer, Lucy Heald who became his longtime girlfriend.

On 11 December 1999, in Hampshire, Henry and Lucy got married. They have three daughters together, Rose, Olivia, and Grace.

Controversy

In the first round of doubles at Wimbledon Championship, after losing a point against Jeff Tarango and Henrik Holm, Henman got disqualified. This was because Henry accidentally hit a ball-girl on her head.

However, he was ultimately apologetic about the incident and gifted a bunch of flowers to the girl.

The Grass season ended successfully for Henry by cementing his No. 150 rank in the world.

Full nameTimothy Henry Henman
CountryUnited Kingdom
Born6 September 1974
Age46
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight77 kgs
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachDavid Felgate (1992–2001)
Larry Stefanki (2001–2003)
Paul Annacone (2003–2007)

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