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Definition: Henman, Tim(othy Henry) from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ English tennis player

Born in Oxford, he emerged as the leading British player on the international tennis circuit in the mid-1990s. Having turned professional in 1993, he won the British National men's singles title in 1995 and 1996 and subsequently added a silver medal in the Olympic men's doubles in 1996, among other titles. A favourite with British crowds, he reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 1996 and the semi-finals in 1998, 1999, in which year he was ranked fifth in the world (his highest ranking), 2001 and 2002. He was awarded the OBE in 2003.

Summary Article: Henman, Tim(othy) Henry (1974– )
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English tennis player. In 1996 he won a silver medal in the men's doubles at the Atlanta Olympic Games and in January 1997 achieved his first win on the ATP Tour, making it into the top 15 of the world rankings for the first time. In 1998 he reached the semi-finals of the men's singles at Wimbledon, the first Briton to do so for 25 years, and achieved the same feat the following year. In July 2001, he reached his third Wimbledon semi-final, but lost in five sets to the eventual winner Goran Ivanisevic. The following year he again lost in the semi-final to eventual winner Lleyton Hewitt.

Career highlights

Olympic Games doubles silver 1996

Tournament wins 15

He was born in Oxfordshire, and was national under-18 champion at both singles and doubles in 1992. Two years later he made his Davis Cup debut but then a serious injury threatened his career. However, he recovered well in 1995, reaching his first ATP Tour quarter-final and becoming national champion at both singles and doubles. During 1996 he leapt 70 places in the world rankings, an achievement that earned him the ATP Tour Most Improved Player of the Year award. In 1996 and 1997 he reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. In October 2000, he gained his first title for two years, winning the CA Trophy in Vienna which ended his run of seven tour finals without a victory. In 2004 Henman reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the eighth time in nine years, and also reached the semi-finals of the French and US Opens.

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