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Finest Athlete

Tim Henman

The saviour of British tennis, and the only man on the list to have a slope named after him.

Tim Henman

Easily Britain’s best tennis player for a generation and ranked among the world’s top ten for the best part of a decade, reaching number four in the world in 2002.  Henman carried British hopes at their home Grand Slam for more than ten years, reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals on four occasions, twice losing to Pete Sampras (one of the greatest players of all time), and once to the then World Number One Lleyton Hewitt.

Henman came closest to fulfilling his dream of winning Wimbledon in 2001.  After beating Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, he lost a rain affected semi-final against the eventual champion Goran Ivanisevic.  Henman also reached the semi-finals at both the US Open and French Open in 2004 and has won eleven titles in his career so far, including the Paris Masters in 2003.

Tim Henman
Tim Henman at Wimbledon

Henman was well set for a career in tennis even before he was born in Oxford.  His grandmother, Susan Billington, was the last woman to serve underarm at Wimbledon and her husband Henry also played at the All England Club.  Henman’s mother, Jane also played at Junior Wimbledon and his father Tony played to county standard.  Tim started learning the game on the family court in Weston-On-The-Green and by the age of ten he was being trained by David Lloyd while a pupil at the Dragon School in Oxford.

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