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Tim Henman: Best Active Player Without a Major (SI.com, 11/30/05)

smucav
11-30-2005, 08:52 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/2005/11/29/gallery.bestnevertowin/content.1.htmlBest Never to Win a Title
Over the past eight months, Roy Williams (left) has won an NCAA title, Kim Clijsters a U.S. Open title and Yolanda Griffith a WNBA title, each shedding the nagging burden of being the best active coach or athlete in their sport to never have won the big prize. Here are the next names on that list as well as the best active athlete and coach in other major sports who've yet to win a title.http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/2005/11/29/gallery.bestnevertowin/content.17.htmlTim Henman
Best Active Tennis Player Without a Major
Say this about men's tennis: the active players who should have won a Grand Slam by now have done so: Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Marat Safin and even the teenager Rafael Nadal. An annual ritual, Henman whips Britiain into a lather during Wimbledon in his bid to become the first homegrown champion since Fred Perry. Then, inevitably, reality kicks in, Henman's limitations become apparent, and he falls short. Henmania they call this sadistic ritual. (And, as if to taunt his fans further, in recent years, Henman has also reached the semifinals of the French and U.S. Opens.) The depth of the Brits' support—and then, the depth of their disappointment—is, ultimately, admirable. Unfortunately, especially now that Federer is on the scene, this faith in Henman is likely to go unrewarded.

Jimnik
11-30-2005, 08:56 PM
I still think Nalbandian is the best without a major.

Phunkadelicious
11-30-2005, 09:07 PM
I still think Nalbandian is the best without a major.
I'll agree with that... and much to my chagrin, throw Coria's name in there too.

Saumon
11-30-2005, 09:13 PM
I still think Nalbandian is the best without a major.
aint the Masters Cup a Major title? :scratch:

Seleshfan
11-30-2005, 10:16 PM
Tim Henman: Best Active Player Without a Dentist, maybe. No way is he the best without a slam. I'd vote for Kiefer, and not just because he's so unbelievably hot. I truly believe if he wasn't psycho, he could be a threat at a boycotted slam.

DrJules
11-30-2005, 10:27 PM
Nalbandian; Wimbledon final, US Open semi, French Open semi plus numerous quarter finals has slight edge over Tim; 4 times semi final Wimbledon, French Open semi plus US Open semi. Little in it, but as David has reached a grand slam final and was within a point of reaching another, I think he has a slight edge.

AgassiDomination
11-30-2005, 11:16 PM
I actually agree with SI :hatoff:

LoveFifteen
11-30-2005, 11:20 PM
Henman?! :rolleyes:

I love Tim, but he's not the best active player without a major. Heck, he's not even the second best active player without a major.

Socket
11-30-2005, 11:44 PM
At his best, Tim fits the label, but he hasn't been at his best this year. Nalbandian is better right now (duh), but over the course of both their careers, I'd give Tim the nod.

ReturnWinner
11-30-2005, 11:56 PM
besides nalbandian has played in many less slams!

Nalbandian; Wimbledon final, US Open semi, French Open semi plus numerous quarter finals has slight edge over Tim; 4 times semi final Wimbledon, French Open semi plus US Open semi. Little in it, but as David has reached a grand slam final and was within a point of reaching another, I think he has a slight edge.

ReturnWinner
11-30-2005, 11:57 PM
overall nalbandian is the better player. henman just has better serve and better volleys
At his best, Tim fits the label, but he hasn't been at his best this year. Nalbandian is better right now (duh), but over the course of both their careers, I'd give Tim the nod.

Federerthebest
12-01-2005, 01:19 AM
Henman > Nalbandian so far. I don't count Nalbandian's Wimbledon final, a result that was the product of a ridiculously easy draw.

ReturnWinner
12-01-2005, 01:45 AM
what about henman´ draw in usopen and french open last year?????????????

Henman > Nalbandian so far. I don't count Nalbandian's Wimbledon final, a result that was the product of a ridiculously easy draw.

Frooty_Bazooty
12-01-2005, 03:46 AM
They also put Amelie Mauresmo in there as the best active female to not have a title.

As for Tim, I don't think he ever could have won a slam unless he got a very lucky draw or unless all the top players died (a la Kracijek). In contrast, I could see people like Nalby and Gasquet winning grand slams even with the best players there and im not just sayin that cos they have both beaten Federer in the past year.

NyGeL
12-01-2005, 04:08 AM
I think that nowadays he could be considered the best active player that deserves to have at least one Grand Slam or Master Cup won and didn't.

Also Kiefer, Rusedski and Novak. And actually Kiefer is the best between them :p

FaceyFacem
12-01-2005, 05:00 AM
i know he sucks really bad right now, but couldn't you argue for philippoussis? he's got 2 major finals and was an extremely huge talent when he was younger

JonnyC21
12-01-2005, 07:20 AM
I think due to his extreme consistency in his end of year ranking over the last decade, it is definatley Henman who is the most successful active player without a slam title. The others that I would consider are Nalbandian, Coria, Corretja and Grosjean.

Even though I hate to say it Rusedski is in with a shout with his top ranking of 4 and 15 career titles!

propi
12-01-2005, 07:31 AM
Well at least he should have played a Major final :rolleyes:
Until he retires, Alex Corretja is still the best active player without a major... 2GS finals and a YEC :worship:

Geniey2g
12-01-2005, 07:43 PM
Well at least he should have played a Major final :rolleyes:
Until he retires, Alex Corretja is still the best active player without a major... 2GS finals and a YEC :worship:
Alex might as well just retire.

And in regards to the thread subject, I agree with JonnyC21

Frederick16
12-01-2005, 08:39 PM
They also put Amelie Mauresmo in there as the best active female to not have a title.

As for Tim, I don't think he ever could have won a slam unless he got a very lucky draw or unless all the top players died (a la Kracijek). In contrast, I could see people like Nalby and Gasquet winning grand slams even with the best players there and im not just sayin that cos they have both beaten Federer in the past year.

krajicek was the only player who could beat sampras then :eek: and stich...

JonnyC21
12-02-2005, 07:14 AM
Another thing is that by reaching #2 in the world Haas has had a higher ranking than all of them, but in order to do that all he had was 4 titles and a grand slam semi.

Althought like Corretja he is crap at the moment I think Enqvist deserves a mention as well, a top ranking of 4, Masters series champion, grand slam finalist and the winner of 18 career titles is nothing to be sniffed at. :worship: