Henman vows to change tactics

Yoel and co.
06-11-2005, 07:39 AM

British number one Tim Henman promised to overhaul his grasscourt tactics after his quarter-final defeat by Swede Thomas Johansson at the Queen's club. Follow the Queen's Club semi-finals LIVE on eurosport.com from 14:30cet!

Third seed Henman was beaten 6-4 6-4 by the Swede on Friday after being out-thought and said afterwards that he had lost because of his rigid adherence to a serve-volley game against one of tennis's best returners.

"I was disappointed with my performance, I never gave myself the opportunity to put pressure on him," said the 30-year-old, who has reached the semi-finals of the Wimbledon grasscourt grand slam four times.

"I do think there was a valuable lesson today. I haven't done a very good job of being as decisive with a game plan on grass as I have on other surfaces.

"I need to be a little bit more selective. I was forcing my serve and that has a knock-on effect.

"That's something I'll take on board and make damn sure that I do a better job of it at Wimbledon.

"It (serve-volleying) is a mindset that's probably been ingrained about grasscourt tennis having watched it and played it so long.

"I have options to my game and if I'm honest I don't use them as well on grass as on other surfaces."

The Wimbledon grasscourt grand slam starts on June 20 and Henman will once again shoulder British hopes of a first homegrown men's champion since 1936.

Last year he reached the semi-finals of both the French and U.S. Opens, played on clay and hardcourt respectively.

"If I can do it (adapt) on a clay court as I have then it should be a lot easier to do it on this surface," he concluded.

Horatio Caine
06-11-2005, 09:14 AM
The only thing he needs to change after that performance is his brain :o

06-11-2005, 03:50 PM
He should know how to change tactics, but if he hasn't mastered the basic technique at this point in his career, I doubt he will.

Like Dent, if he doesn't get 80% 1st serves in the ball sits up for an easy winner by the opponent.

Henman is better in mixing up his style, however.

06-11-2005, 04:03 PM
He said the same thing last year.

06-11-2005, 04:35 PM
I don't think it will matter. I hope I am wrong as I would love to see Tim do well but it just doesn't look like it will happen. :(

06-11-2005, 04:39 PM
Tim needs to stop listening to commentators such as McEnroe and Becker who say he always has to serve & volley. His serve isn't powerful enough to be a total serve-volley player. Johansson took Tim apart yesterday with his returns, and there are many more players who can do that to Tim.
He needs to be intelligent and mix his game up more.
He'll probably reach the QF, SF at best at Wimby.

06-11-2005, 04:39 PM
thats a relief

I was expecting to come in here and see that Tim has decided to become a baseliner :)

Billy Moonshine
06-11-2005, 05:11 PM
Tim, stop talking! Win the damn thing and shut everyone up. Everytime u talk about it u feed the hypsters and help fuel the criticism that gets dished out when you lose.