Born on 6th of September 1974
(full name and title: Timothy Henry Henman, OBE)
Born: September 6, 1974
Tim Henman is probably the best known British male tennis player in recent history. He is undoubtedly the most successful British tennis for over 30 years. In fact he is considered by many to be the most successful British male tennis player since Fred Perry.
In 1998 he became the first tennis player from Britain to reach the semi finals of the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship. He repeated this feat on a further three occasions but each time he was unfortunately unable to progress beyond this stage. On two of these occasions he was defeated by the American tennis legend Pete Sampras. Despite not having conquered the Wimbledon title he remained the darling of the Wimbledon crowd, who were no doubt desperate for British success when they crowded on to what has become known as 'Henman Hill'.
His highest world ranking was fourth (achieved in 2002) and probably the pinnacle of his career came in 2003. This was the year that he won his only ATP Masters title; the Paris Masters. He did not just win this title, he won it in style; overcoming Roger Federer and many other top names on the way to beating Andrei Pavel in the final. Amazingly, despite the large number of top players he defeated on his way to the final, Tim only dropped one set in the entire competition.
Henman came from a sporting family, including some notable tennis players from the past. Wimbledon was in his blood as several of his ancestors had played at Wimbledon in the first half of the 20th century. Indeed, his Great-Grandmother Ellen Stanwell-Brown is credited as being the first woman to serve overarm at Wimbledon.
Tim Henman retired from first class tennis after helping Great Britain to victory over Croatia in the Davis Cup in September 2007. He still turns out on the court on occasions; in December 2007 he helped to raise over £90 000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust from a charity match played at the Albert Hall.
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