06-18-2005, 02:32 PM
Saturday 18th June 2005

Ahead of his 12th Wimbledon campaign, Tim Henman has admitted that grass court tennis has changed in recent years. Henman, a natural exponent of the serve-and-volley tactic, believes he must adapt to a more varied game if he is to achieve a repeat of his previous exploits at SW19.

The British number one has appeared in four semi-finals at the All-England club, but has struggled for fitness and form so far this season.

"Grass court tennis is different," noted Henman. "I think I have to accept that and I think you have to be more selective.

"You can't just serve-and-volley both balls unless you've got one of the biggest serves.”

Henman faces world numer 70 Jarkko Nieminen in the first round of this year's tournament and the Englishman is full of respect for his opponent.

"His ranking isn't quite as high as it once was but he has weapons, and if he uses them well he can cause problems for anybody," said Henman.

"Although we've never played before, I have a good idea of what to expect in terms of his strengths and weaknesses.

"But I always feel I play my best tennis when I dictate play, and that's what I'll certainly be trying to do for as much of the time as possible.

"I know that if I do that well I can beat anybody on grass, and so I'll be concentrating on trying to execute my game plan to the best of my ability and then taking it from there."

Billy Moonshine
06-18-2005, 03:02 PM
Good luck Tim :)

06-18-2005, 04:14 PM
He seemingly says the same thing every year. Well, good luck, because he's certainly going to need it, to even have a chance of winning this title.

07-05-2005, 08:56 PM
He'll be back and mount a serious assault on the USO this year, where he feels he now has a far greater chance of victory

From http://sport.scotsman.com/tennis.cfm?id=706732005

Henman refuses to give up on dream

BRITISH No1 Tim Henman has promised to bounce back from his surprise Wimbledon exit to mount a fresh challenge for a grand slam title.

The 30-year-old, who was dumped out of the championships in the second round to Russian Dmitry Tursunov, insists he still loves what he does for a living and is not ready to give up on his dream.

He said: "I love what I do and I am still not bad at it. I have always said, if I did not enjoy what I do, I would not do it.

"There are plenty of other things that I could go away and do, but I am passionate about the game, I enjoy the challenge.

"Yes, the first six months have not been as good as I would have liked, but certainly, when things have settled, I will get back on the court and get back into the gym and work hard and I am pretty confident there will be some good times ahead.

"There is a lot in the future. Do not get me wrong, it is a tough pill to swallow right now, losing at this stage in my home tournament and I certainly was not expecting to be out and to have free time now.

"You do have to go away and take it on the chin and start preparing to play some good tennis in the future. Right now, I am ninth-best player in the world and I have not played quite as well as I would have liked this year, but I still think there is some good tennis ahead of me."

Four semi-finals at SW19 have seen Henman come closer than anyone to ending the wait for a home-grown men's singles champion, and while he is confident that he will challenge once again, he admits he may have a better chance of lifting the US Open crown.

Asked if Wimbledon was an impossible dream, he replied: "No it is not, it is not by any stretch of the imagination. Sure, there has been a lot of expectation, a lot of hype and a certain amount of pressure over the years, but that is always the way it has been.

"I still look at my record here and look at the way that I have played - I have played some of my best tennis. It did not work out that way this year, but it is always going to be a special place for me to play.

"It is difficult. There are a lot of positives that go with here and playing on the grass, but I think in terms of the speed of the courts, there is no comparison, the US Open is definitely substantially quicker.

"But the conditions are what they are here, it is the same for everybody, so there is no point in complaining about that. You have to find a way to play better."