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Tennis: Henman could yet win Wimbledon!

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TRD

posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 07:17 AM
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Another new year, another last chance for Tim Henman to win Wimbledon. Once again Britain's number one will carry the burden of a nation's expectation with him into the summer grass-court season. At the age of 30 it is easy to see why so many believe Henman's best chance of grabbing that elusive first Grand Slam title has passed him by. But having recovered from so many supposed last chances in the past, Henman is wise not to let the doubters bother him.

And the chances are this year he could be about to give it his best shot yet. Henman was a revelation during the 2003 season, reaching the semi-finals in both France and the United States and climbing to a career-high fourth in the world. But unfairly, his successful year will be seen by too many as simply another time when he flopped on the big occasion: namely the all-important Wimbledon fortnight.

Henman's often too-rigid tactics have disappeared under the inspirational guidance of Paul Annacone and he has allowed his fiery side to surface more frequently in wars of words with vocal critics in the British press. These changes can only be good for Henman in the season ahead, and had they been implemented earlier may even have been good enough to take him all the way. But now he faces the seemingly insurmountable barrier of Roger Federer, whose imperious dominance of the 2003 season led many to mark him out as a man who can go on to eclipse Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles.

Federer can surely only enhance that dominance during the forthcoming campaign with only Henman and Andy Roddick providing consistent opposition at the top end. It is Roddick's misfortune that his exciting, brash brand of tennis should be made to look positively one-dimensional by the talents of the only man above him in the rankings. For Greg Rusedski, the forthcoming season surely does represent a last chance to go one better than his 1997 US Open final appearance. The British number two has hit back admirably from his drug test nightmare and is gearing up solely for a last crack at a tournament in which he has consistently failed to do himself justice.

All eyes will also be on Andrew Murray's first foray into the senior ranks following his US Open junior success. Murray represents by far the best bet yet to replace Henman and Rusedski as Britain's leading player and a Davis Cup leader of the future. For now, Great Britain find themselves in the bowels of the Euro-African zone with a trip to Israel promising little in the way of glamour.

The struggle for a British women's player of note will continue with a rash of articles around Wimbledon time rightly pointing out the ridiculous dearth of young female talent. Oh for a talent pool as big as that in Russia, producer of a whole batch of players now set to dominate the women's game for years to come. With Venus and Serena Williams struggling to reassert themselves after lay-offs and Belgians Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters battling injuries, the Russians could sweep the board in the year ahead.

Newly-crowned US Open champion and pick of the bunch Svetlana Kuznetsova should lead the way and reign as world number one before the season's end. And the sight of Maria Sharapova delighting Centre Court again will no doubt serve to ease continued frustration at the lack of a leggy blonde superstar to call our own.

Sportinglife




posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 01:49 PM
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Ming is not so sure that Henman can provide consistent opposition to Federer. Wee Tim has had a nice run the pat 1.5 years or so - but the end must be near.

Absent occasional, minor lapses, Federer remains untouchable. His play, as graceful and beautiful as it is, is crushing all in his path. And Ming understands that he is still without a coach!

One other tough oppponent not mentioned is Marat Safin. Very fit, very strong, a variety of shots in his arsenal. He is the closest contender to RF, but Safin has to have his head totally in the game and be 'on". Otherswie, he remains cannon fodder for Rog.

Ming is calling for the dissolution of Davis Cup play. Ming will address this issue further at a later date.


TRD

posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 04:47 PM
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Originally posted by MingMercil
Ming is not so sure that Henman can provide consistent opposition to Federer. Wee Tim has had a nice run the pat 1.5 years or so - but the end must be near.


The end has never been in sight...

I'm afraid Tim has always flattered to decieve and there is no way he is as good as Roddick, Federer, Hewitt, Safin. He just doesn't posses the skills to beat these guys on a regular basis.

It will be interesting to see who can turn the heat up in 2005..



posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 04:55 PM
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i cant see it happening to be honest. he always been a good player. but he aint consistent agianst the top guns. i guess he what you call a nearly man



posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 05:12 PM
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Ming enjoys the serve and volley game. That is part of the reason Ming was such a big Patrick Rafter fan. Wee Tim has it too - but it just is not enough against some of these big hitters. Tim's sly game will get him to the qtrs, maybe even the semis, but Ming has a hard time seeing The Hen Man winning a Major.

Federer's net play also comes to Ming's mind, which, like Wee Tim's, is also substantial. The difference ebing that Rog has such an incredible all around game, which game he very capably adjusts during a given match, that he is a difficult opponent to shake up or bring down.

[Edited on 1/1/05 by MingMercil]


TRD

posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 05:20 PM
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Serve and volley has always been hard to beat especially nowadays with these guys hitting the ball so fast and hard. Sampras was great at it but i wonder how he would do against some of these guys now.

It's not that i don't want to see Tim win, i'm an englishman. But alot of the time over here the press (even Tim himself) over- hype him. So expectations are very high and when he doesn't win a final or gets stuffed in a semi its a bit disheartening. Our problem is that we are not producing decent players capable of breaking in the top 25-50 in the world. Although we have a guy called Murray who won the Junior US open in 2004. He looks a good prospect...





[Edited on 1/1/05 by TRD]



posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 08:20 PM
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Apparently the youth program in the UK (and the US as well) is not what it is in Australia. Obviously, Ming does not think that Australia is a part of the UK. Is Ming correct in saying that?

The Aussies have been producing some excellent players for a very long time.

As indicated, Ming likes the Wee One, but Ming just does not think he has the weapons.

It appears that tremendous pressure is put upon Wee Tim at every Wimbledon. Ming gives Timmy credit for having pretty good showings year in and year out even with such incredibly high (really unrealistic) expectations.

[Edited on 1/1/05 by MingMercil]


TRD

posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 08:37 PM
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Lol no Australia is not the UK or even part of it. If it was we would have had some great Tennis players and the best Cricket team...



posted on Jan, 2 2005 @ 11:02 AM
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Do not laugh at Ming!

Ming was thinking that Australia (as well as Canada and New Zealand) was a Commonwealth Nation. Is that not so?



posted on Jan, 2 2005 @ 11:13 AM
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NO.



posted on Jan, 2 2005 @ 11:14 AM
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posted on Jan, 3 2005 @ 06:28 PM
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Human life form known as Gibbs Baby, why do you taunt Ming?


TRD

posted on Jan, 3 2005 @ 06:32 PM
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Originally posted by MingMercil
Do not laugh at Ming!

Ming was thinking that Australia (as well as Canada and New Zealand) was a Commonwealth Nation. Is that not so?


Yep your right Ming....

But its only a connection with the monarchy.



posted on Jan, 3 2005 @ 08:01 PM
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Yes...the Monarchy which still exists.

Thank you TRD (out of respect for Commonwealth Nation members, Ming hesitates to pronounce your name) for puttting the Gibbs-creature and his warped humor in its place.



posted on Jan, 3 2005 @ 09:42 PM
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Originally posted by MingMercil
the Gibbs-creature and his warped humor


Ming, you're starting to understand...




posted on Jan, 4 2005 @ 08:46 PM
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New Topic: The Davis Cup has to go. Will anyone miss it?

Ming thinks it will be missed even less than the NHL, the XFL and even, yes, even the USFL (which Ming loved).

Gibbs - you are on probation and not allowed to respond until further notice.



posted on Jan, 4 2005 @ 09:42 PM
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Originally posted by MingMercil
New Topic: The Davis Cup has to go. Will anyone miss it?

Ming thinks it will be missed even less than the NHL, the XFL and even, yes, even the USFL (which Ming loved).

Gibbs - you are on probation and not allowed to respond until further notice.


New topic, use the button on the top of the page.



The Davis Cup is a tradition that means a lot for many countries outside of the US, have you ever seen how crazy they get at the matches?



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