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#167007 - 20th Aug 2007 7:32pm Henman To Announce Retirement ****
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Tim Henman is expected to confirm he is calling time on his career at a News conference in New York on Thursday.

Britain's Davis Cup tie against Croatia from 21-23 September is set to be the 32-year-old's final competitive outing.

The British number two and former world number four is currently preparing for the US Open, which begins next week.

Henman, whose wife is expecting their third child, has won just three matches on the ATP tour this season and is struggling with a back problem.

Heard this on Sky Sports News before, have to say it will be sad to see him leave, he is the greatest British player of the Open Generation, and I think whilst he is critisized for staying active for too long, he has kept playing in the interest of UK tennis, because the only other half-decent player we have atm is Murray.

Amazingly, the guy has spent his career battling against Osteochondritis, which is a very painful bone disease affecting the joints of the body, which makes his achievements even more remarkable.

Okay, we all know he never had the calibre to beat the greatest players of the modern game, but he was always up there alongside them, and pulled off some great defeats. He also gained the utmost respect from his fellow players, especially from his former training partner Pete Sampras, and was for a decade (bar the year or so Rusedski came into the spotlight) the only hope Britain had and the only active and recongnisable player our young players had to look at as an idol.

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#167085 - 21st Aug 2007 12:27am Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: MattLFC]
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bout time too he's shite
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#167086 - 21st Aug 2007 12:33am Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: Sanchez]
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Take it your better then?

Have some respect if your not.

Having been a world number 4, thats not shite in any way.

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#167087 - 21st Aug 2007 12:37am Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: MattLFC]
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im well better, just face it mat, being 4th isnt even 2nd best, cant belive your even defending the gimp.
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#167088 - 21st Aug 2007 12:42am Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: Sanchez]
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As I said, have a little respect matey, yeah hes not the best in the world and never has been, he has had to work to where he has got to, he doesnt seem to have much in the way of "natural" talent, but considering he has battled against a painful bone disease all his career id says hes done pretty well, he has always played amongst the best players ever to grace the modern game and has been the only real contender that Britain has even had throughout last decade.

It could be said that without him, Tennis as a sport in Britain would have probably died to be honest.

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#167089 - 21st Aug 2007 12:48am Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: MattLFC]
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BTW, I dont particuarly follow tennis or Tim Henman, I simply recognise his skill and achievements and the difference he has made to the UK game, the hope he has given millions of Brits over the last decade, the fact he has kept a UK interest in the sport.

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#167090 - 21st Aug 2007 5:19am Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: MattLFC]
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Originally Posted By: MattLFC
BTW, I dont particuarly follow tennis or Tim Henman, I simply recognise his skill and achievements and the difference he has made to the UK game, the hope he has given millions of Brits over the last decade, the fact he has kept a UK interest in the sport.

smile

he tried his best for 10 yrs, u cant ask for anymore than that, its just a shame that his best wasnt that bit better...
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#167093 - 21st Aug 2007 6:22am Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: jonah]
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He won 13 professional singles tournaments and and 7 doubles, majority of english people dont give him recognition for his acheivments because we only follow wimbledon which he has never won, neither has he won any of the grand slams.
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#167094 - 21st Aug 2007 6:24am Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: Waddi]
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During his early career he became the first player ever to be disqualified from the Wimbledon tournament in 1995. The young Henman thrashed a ball in a fit of pique during a doubles match, unintentionally striking a ball girl on the head


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#167098 - 21st Aug 2007 11:18am Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: Waddi]
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lmao Waddi, good find fella.

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#167114 - 21st Aug 2007 12:16pm Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: MattLFC]
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I always thought he could do better and in the bigger picture he never delivered what the British wanted.

He should have retired years ago IMO

bye bye Henman bananadance
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#167140 - 21st Aug 2007 6:32pm Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: Mark]
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exactly my point mark
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#167141 - 21st Aug 2007 6:40pm Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: Sanchez]
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If any of you were any better, fair enough, but I havent seen either you achieve success in any sport, so why dont you learn to show a bit of respect?? Being fourth in the world, is an amazing achievement.

When you achieve the same level of success in anything you dimwits put your mind to, then you can have the right to say he's crap.

You are the type of people who would have a sore arm and stay at home because of it rather then train multiple hours every single day and fight the pain to do the thing you love.

And if he had of quit, where would UK tennis be now? There is hardly anyone else in the UK who is keeping the interest in the sport is there?

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#167142 - 21st Aug 2007 6:48pm Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: MattLFC]
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Matty, i bet you sit there and call loads of footballs players all sorts of names during games etc etc, are you any better than they are - i think not !
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#167144 - 21st Aug 2007 6:54pm Re: Henman To Announce Retirement [Re: Sanchez]
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Referee Rob Styles will not officiate in the Premier League next weekend following his performance in the Liverpool-Chelsea game on Sunday.

Styles was criticised for awarding a controversial penalty to Chelsea.

Referees' chief Keith Hackett told BBC Radio 5live: "It is just like with players, if they miss an open goal they are likely to be dropped."

Styles also appeared to show Chelsea's Michael Essien a second yellow card but then failed to send him off.

Former referee Hackett is general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the body which oversees referees.

The referees' supremo has apologised to Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez for the error.

Too fookin right he should be axed, he is an absolute muppet - click here.

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pmsl --->> Respect "he is an absolute muppet "

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Matty, i bet you sit there and call loads of footballs players all sorts of names during games etc etc, are you any better than they are - i think not !

I never went down the road of playing Tennis at School,
probably because we didn't have any nets lol
Nor any white shorts.

The British public want winners not 3 or 4th.
All though he had a big following he just couldn't deliver.
And if you cant win Wimbledon for the British people your a looser for the rest of the year.

That's us supporting our sportsman... Were crap supporters unless there is a football involved.
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