This year, British fan favourite Tim Henman is welcomed back to the Royal Albert Hall. Henman commented: “I am thrilled to be back at Champions Tennis again this year and cannot wait to play in a truly iconic venue. The event is a tennis calendar highlight and a great way to celebrate the festive season with family and friends.”
Without fail, at Wimbledon, the Queen’s Club and The O2 arena, somebody will choose a quiet moment during an Andy Murray match to shout out “Come on Tim”. Initially the joke was funny, but it has now been 12 years since the Brit retired from the ATP World Tour and it’s now wearing a little thin, it’s fair to say that the solicitor’s son from Oxfordshire has certainly made a mark on British tennis.
For nine years Henman had an entire nation’s hopes resting on his shoulders, and he carried them well, becoming Great Britain’s most successful tennis player since Roger Taylor in the 1970s. In July 2001, Henman came within two points of becoming the first Briton to reach a Wimbledon final since 1938, but lost a five-set marathon encounter to eventual champion and fellow ATP Champions Tour star Goran Ivanisevic in a match that spanned over three days. Although narrowly missing the chance to compete in a Wimbledon final on four occasions, Henman built up countless impressive victories against revered players such as Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Rodger Federer. In all, Henman managed to beat twenty-three Grand Slam Champions throughout a career that stretched more than fourteen years.
Henman bid farewell to his professional tennis career on the sacred turf of Wimbledon following Great Britain’s Davis Cup clash with Croatia in 2007. A GB win meant that they successfully qualified to play in the World Group the following year- a fitting ending for a British sporting legend.
Don't miss out on attending this year's best tennis event. Thursday 6th December - Sunday 9th December 2018.