Originally Posted by bunk18bsb
And the difference between Paris and Wimbledon is that in Paris he had no pressure. No one ever expected he would beat all those players all right in a row like that.... however in Wimbledon, half the country practically sits on "Henman Hill" - it's just a lot different and if he's not someone who can feed off of pressure instead of letting it get to him, then that will be a factor, because the surface at Wimby favors Tim as well.
A very good point, just like at Washington where he wasn't a big name at all, and it rather makes a mockery of his assertion that the crowd support helps him at Wimbledon... I think it gets him through the early rounds where he's not playing his best, but in the big matches I think the pressure of the Centre Court atmosphere has gotten to him, whatever he may say to the contrary.
I'm hardly surprised, to be honest - I can safely say that on a purely aural level the Henman fans at Wimbledon are the most annoying tennis crowd in the world. Crowds always have a certain character to their support - the French are boisterous, New Yorkers are pugnacious and in-your-face, the Aussies are enthusiastic - and we seem to be anxious, unfortunately. Most crowds only lay on the noise at important points, but when Henman's playing it seems every point is life or death since you get the panicking wails of "Come on Tim!" every minute. It must piss off his opponents intensely, I'm sure.