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Just to get a little bit off activity flowing in here again. btw poor Tim. He didn't make any of his major goals for 2002. :sad:

Henman faces crossroads

By Rob Hodgetts
BBC Sport Online

Tim Henman faces a career-defining 12 months as he surveys the results of another season in the top flight of world tennis.

The British number one has hung up his racquet for the year after crashing out of the race for a spot at the end-of-term Masters Cup.

Henman lost to Nicolas Escude in the final Masters Series qualifying event in Paris and saw Spaniard Carlos Moya take his place in the Shanghai finale.

And now the 28-year-old Briton stands at the crossroads of an illustrious, if not world-beating, career.

Henman's priority, other than spending time with wife Lucy and new daughter Rose, is to mend the damaged shoulder that hampered the latter part of the year.

He has vowed to get the required treatment done in the off season, even if he is forced to miss the Australian Open in January.

"Now this season is out I'm going to make sure I get it right," he said. "If that means missing Australia, I've just got to do that.


Oldest first-time winners of Wimbledon (open era)
Arthur Ashe (1975) age 31 years 11 months
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"It's tough enough when you're 100% fit. When you're not, you're in big trouble."

The sands of time are running out on Henman's chances of landing a Grand Slam title and his best chance, of course, comes at Wimbledon.

In SW19 he has reached the semi-finals in four of the last five years, compared to a best-ever finish of last 16 in any other Grand Slam.

But he must grudgingly accept that the 2003 season is make or break.

In the modern era, only two out of the 17 Wimbledon winners - Goran Ivanisevic (29) and Arthur Ashe (31) - have been older than Henman is now when they landed the title for the first time.


This season Henman won one title - against Mark Philippoussis in Adelaide in January - and lost three finals in Rotterdam, Indian Wells and Queen's Club.

He also heroically helped drag Britain back into the Davis Cup world group.


He finished the year with over £600,000 in prize money alone so life is still sweet in Henman towers, especially with a new addition to the family.

But he will know in the deep recesses of his mind that the focus now must be on a full recovery from the shoulder problem.

Because next season could be crunch time as an ambitious, title-hunting, professional tennis player.

Never mind Henman hill, on the horizon looms a mountain to be scaled.


courtesy of bbc.co.uk
 

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awww, poor Timmy. i hope he gets well soon so he doesn't have to miss Australia. :sad:
 
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