Henman contemplates end of career!
BBC Sport, today:
British number one Tim Henman has hinted he will quit tennis if he cannot recapture his best form in 2006.
After a testing year, the 31-year-old star said if results do not start going his way he could hang up his racket.
"I have belief in my qualities as a player and expect the results to come," Henman told BBC Sport.
"But if I'm doing the right things in practice, after a month or three months of things not happening a player does question himself."
Henman almost wrote off the 2005 season after failing to find his groove in practice and suffering from back and shoulder problems.
So he is anxious that November and December afford him the chance to put in some quality, injury-free preparation.
"Early this year, I was not enjoying my tennis for the first time, but I desperately want to put that right and am starting to do so," said Henman.
"I'm excited about the work I'll put in to kick-start me for 2006. I want to finish this year strongly."
A noteable absentee during Britain's game against Switzerland, Henman says he is comfortable with his decision to end his Davis Cup career.
"I wanted to focus energies on my schedule and hope people can't argue with that given my long service and the gruelling matches I've played," he said.
"But I can still see myself being captain in a few years."
Henman advocates a "generation gap" between national captains and their players, but he has already given fellow Brit Andy Murray some advice.
"The bar of expectation is going higher and higher for Andy and it should because he's a class player," said Henman.
"But he must be focused on what he's doing. He has an edge to him which is good.
"But there's a fine line. He must concentrate on what he wants to achieve and not on what is written about him."
Last edited by In_Disguise; 09-23-2005 at 03:07 PM.