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HENMAN: FIVE MORE YEARS AT THE TOP

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HENMAN: FIVE MORE YEARS AT THE TOP

Tim Henman believes he has the game to compete at the top level of tennis for another five years.

And the British number one insists that, even at the age of 30, he is still making improvements to his game.

His aim now is to follow the example of Andre Agassi, who is still playing competitive tennis in his mid-30s.

"I can think of three things in my game that have happened in the past month that are like lights going off in my head," Henman told The Times.

"There's a part of me that thinks 'why didn't I know this 10 years ago?' Some are slightly technical, others just a feeling, something golfers talk about all the time.

"The way I look at it is to be ready for what is going to happen in the next five years."

Henman feels his all-round game makes him a match for the young, big-hitters who many believe will dominate the game in years to come.

"People say 'Look at the way these kids hit the ball, you can't live with them.' But why is that such a big deal?

"Where do they play the game from? Can they hit a sliced backhand, what happens when they come into the net? Why would I play like they do? My style is totally different."

Henman begins his challenge for the Monte Carlo Masters series event today when he faces Mariano Zabaleta in the first round.
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Hes lucky there was rain! because he was a set down and a break down, the rain may have saved him
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well, all i can say is that Tim Henman is already a great player!
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It's amazing that he is able to keep his level of play up so far into his career given his demanding playing style.
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Hes lucky there was rain! because he was a set down and a break down, the rain may have saved him
Or maybe just delaying the inevitable defeat. Come on, TIM!!!

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As for the article, it's great that he still is so much optimistic about this career, but 5 more years? That sounds TOO optimistic. Maybe he will keep going until he wins the Wimbledon, and hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later. Good luck, man.

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Tim!

I'm a firm believer that men don't reach their athletic prime (physical, mental and sports-specific skills) until their late 20s, early 30s (look what we have to look forward to from Fed, Hewitt, Safin, Roddick )...so five more outa Tim...would be nice.

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More Timmy!!!

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Tim!

I'm a firm believer that men don't reach their athletic prime (physical, mental and sports-specific skills) until their late 20s, early 30s (look what we have to look forward to from Fed, Hewitt, Safin, Roddick )...so five more outa Tim...would be nice.
I Agree, though tennis seems to be more demanding physically so therefore you don't see many players playing until the age 35-40 as you do in baseball, basketball, etc..
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On the evidence of today's match, I'm not sure he has five more years left of solid results on clay - if the draw is tough, he will struggle. And I'm not sure he can maintain the kind of fitness Agassi has considering that his style takes more out of the body than the baseline style does, let's not forget the injury problems he's had with the shoulder and back in the last couple of years... I certainly hope he can be competitive into 2007, it will be interesting to see whether he can live with the younger generation and, of course, still challenge for Wimbledon. Lord knows, we don't have much coming up to replace him, except a young talent who seems to be taking the scenic route towards the Top 50 goal that he has set himself this year.

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That's true, Agassi's style it taking a maximum of energy and he's still here playing tennis at the age of 35 better than Henman.
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Agassi took breaks during his prime years, thats the main reason he is still in such good condition at 35.
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Agassi took breaks during his prime years, thats the main reason he is still in such good condition at 35.
bullshit
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I like the fact that some of the players are considering a longer career nowadays.
Some times they are physically fit enough to play, but jsut get mentally ground down. Seems to me like the serve volleyers mature later as players and last longers. agassi and navratilova have set a precedent in this era for longevity. I think its good, because if the players anticipate longer careers, maybe they won't feel so pressurized to play every week and never take time off to unwind or develop their games.

No matter what Pat Mac says, Tim Henman is quality and he's good for the game.

Gotta love seeing S+V vs baseline play.

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bullshit
so much evidence to support your view
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