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.
Fuming Henman is out
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.