Friday, August 31, 2007

Goodbye, Tim

Tim Henman played the last Slam match of his 14-year career before adoring fans in New York, falling to Muhammad Ali...ahem...Jo-Wilfired Tsonga in four sets. It's been an entertaining career for the man they call Tiger who for years had his own hill at Wimbledon.

Not always treated with respect by the British Press, Tim handled well the weight of expecation and hope of a nation desperate for a champion every time he took the court on the sport's most hallowed lawns.

It's not hyperbole to say that no tennis player, male or female, in recent history has faced more pressure to win Wimbledon than Timmy. His exquisite serve-and-volley game got him close, but it wasn't meant to be. Ironic that his career ends without a single title on grass.

But he's proud of his 495-274 match record, a Top 10 finish in five of his professional years, and his 11 titles, including a Masters shield and six Slam semifinals.

We'll miss you. May the road rise up to meet you....

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Ashley said...

Tiger Tim will be miss. Question? Is anyone pissed that for the women in the top half the "real" tournament begins, while the bottom half will just cruise on? I'm so mad that Venus & Ana will be playing each other on Sunday. I know you don't want to talk about Shreipova Craig, but I hope she knows that if she makes the final she will get a beat down like she never had before.

Craig Hickman said...

I may have a few more posts coming tonight.

Albert said...

It's obvious that top half of a draw is much stronger, but there are some players worth following on the bottom half too (other than Shriekapova). It is a great opportunity for youngsters like Szavay or Paszek to show what they can do.

Some good results from Martina would be welcome as well :)

oddman said...

Truly a gentleman. A class act all around, and I will miss his 'wild' British fistpumps.
Enjoy your new road, Tim Henman.

Helen W said...

It is always touching when an icon like Tiger Tim decides to retire. As always, he is doing it with class.

It is amusing to watch the very press which excoriated him in the past now blowing rose petals his way.