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Thumbs down Tim Henman moaning and swearing at the crowd and ballkids

I've always defended Tim on here, even though he is not exactly a favourite of mine. I've always said he has to deal with too much pressure when Wimbledon comes round and takes too much unfair abuse when he doesn't win Wimbledon despite being a top ten staple for years. But a lot of articles in the newspapers here are talking about what Tim was saying yesterday to the crowd and ballkids and I've got no sympathy for him now.

Whining and moaning at the crowd to make noise - how about you give them something to shout about? They were making enough noise from what I could hear but to be honest for most of the match there was not much to cheer. And then whining at the ballkids. I've heard that before about Tim. Some ballkids came out and said he was the worst player to deal with. So much for the gentleman of tennis. I don't mind players swearing at all. It's always good to see emotion but when you're swearing and moaning at your own fans and taking it out on ballkids because you're not playing well, then you don't deserve their support to get you through.

Bye Tim, and don't worry - next year the crowds will be going wild. For Andy Murray.

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By PAUL THOMPSON

TIM Henman became the forgotten man of Wimbledon yesterday as he lost — and teen ace Andy Murray triumphed.

The old gave way to the new as Tim, 30, was defeated 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-8 by Russia’s Dimitry Tursunov.

Andy, 18, beat Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 — despite being a massive 299 rankings below him.

For Tim it was a day of despair — and disgrace — as he gave his loyal fans a volley of four-letter abuse.

The normally mild-mannered star turned to the quiet crowd in the first set and shouted: “Come on! F***! More! Make some f*****g noise, it is unbelievable.”

Fans responded with shouts of “Come on Tim”.

He was swearing again in the second set while 3-1 down.

This time the colourful language was heard by umpire Andreas Egli, who gave him a verbal warning.

TV commentator John “You cannot be serious” McEnroe said: “That was more McEnroe and Connors-like.”

Henman even shouted at a ballboy telling him to “get his head out of his a**e” and fetch him a cold drink. It was the first time since 1995 Tim has failed to make it to the third round.

But a couple of hours later there was joy for Brit fans as Wimbledon wonder Andy — a wild card entry — stormed through.

As he clinched victory Andy, of Dunblane, Scotland, tossed his racket in the air and gave a double-clenched fist salute.

Crowds on Wimbledon’s Henman Hill had already renamed it Murray Mount.

Odds on Andy winning the championship were slashed from 200/1 to 66/1.
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Re: Tim Henman moaning and swearing at the crowd and ballkids

I saw this too. Complaining about the crowd who partly pay the money you win and the ball-kids who are working for nothing is pretty bad.

He and Greg did send texts congratulating Murray, though.
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Re: Tim Henman moaning and swearing at the crowd and ballkids

Gawd, he's human.

I've said worse things at work, lucky me I don't do my job in front of cameras (or children).

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Re: Tim Henman moaning and swearing at the crowd and ballkids

Timmy was in a crabby mood as soon as he stepped on the court yesterday. He lit into everyone for every little thing. I can't imagine the kind of pressure he has been under by his own country and people for as long as he has.

In any case, it's a good thing Murray showed up when he did. Perhaps the press will lay off Henman now that he's "over" and turn all their nuisiance attention onto Murray. No more insane pressure for Henman to deal with.

And then just when the press isn't looking, Tim will win a slam somewhere, somehow. lol

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Re: Tim Henman moaning and swearing at the crowd and ballkids

Will the media write something like this if Henman managed to squeeze out from this match like the first round?
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Gawd, he's human.

I've said worse things at work, lucky me I don't do my job in front of cameras (or children).
I know he's human. I have absolutely no problem with swearing. We all do it. But to turn to the crowd who have supported him for years, despite his lack of any real success there, and shout "Make some fucking noise. It's unbelievable" is sheer desperation. Do something worth shouting about then instead of hitting return after return into the net even on second serves.

Tangerine, Tim will never win a Slam. He has no pressure in Australia, Paris and New York and look at his records there in the last 10 years. 2 semi finals in about 25-30 Slams. He doesn't even win regular ATP titles much, never mind Slams.
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Yikes but as Fee said, he's human. I bet he feels bad about it. The pressure finally got to him making him behave in ways he normally doesn't.
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Yikes but as Fee said, he's human. I bet he feels bad about it. The pressure finally got to him making him behave in ways he normally doesn't.
I agree. It was sad to see Tim out there yesterday - so totally out of character for him. I guess he finally realised his dream of winning Wimbledon was disintegrating before his eyes, and he just couldn't cope with his emotions - as people have said before - he is only human after all. The media here have always pressurised him and it has definately damaged his chances here at Wimbledon. I would love to see him come back next year and win - or maybe win another Slam - he deserves it.

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Tim as known to be like that, its time he realised he is not good enough to win wimbledon. Looks like his career will be over soon.
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Re: Tim Henman moaning and swearing at the crowd and ballkids

On ESPN they said he told a ballgirl to get her "head out of her ass."

Not so nice.


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No definitely not nice but I don't think that was Tim out there yesterday. It was guy who realized that he was never going to win Wimbledon or any other major. It was a guy who was going to be grilled by the media afterwards. It was guy who felt he let down a bunch of fans for so many years. That wasn't Tim out there. Has he publicly apologized?
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It was Tim, I have the pictures to prove it


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Shit happens.

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