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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and informative read
Having lived through the agonies of watching Henman somehow win his way to numerous Wimbledon quarter and semifinals, it was really interesting to get the inside track on what was going on on the other side of the TV set. Maybe because he was so totally middle class, Henman got a reputation in the UK of being a choker and somehow Murray, hewn from tougher Scottish...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Statistically complete, but not enough insight
Tim Henman is a former sportsperson who seems to garner a fair bit of derision in his native United Kingdom. Usually, this abasement emanates from British armchair tennis pundits who only take note of the ATP tour once a year when they unfairly berate Henman for never winning Wimbledon, or indeed any other Grand Slam. The fact that Henman's career years encompassed the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Statistically complete, but not enough insight, 16 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Tim Henman: England's Finest (Paperback)
Tim Henman is a former sportsperson who seems to garner a fair bit of derision in his native United Kingdom. Usually, this abasement emanates from British armchair tennis pundits who only take note of the ATP tour once a year when they unfairly berate Henman for never winning Wimbledon, or indeed any other Grand Slam. The fact that Henman's career years encompassed the domination of arguably the two greatest grass-court players in history is lost on his detractors; as is the depth of field on the ATP tour during his years of competition. The wonderful 'Duel For the Crown' book looked at the parallels of Henman and Rusedski's years between 1995 and 1998; However, I was very keen to read Simon Felstein's book on Henman, as among other things, it was a sole look at Henman and also covers his career year in slams of 2004.

Unfortunately, although the book is a brilliant career reference of Henman's progress as a tennis player, and does feature much in the way of direct quotes and thoughts, the book does not really offer much insight into the pressures Tim was under, and his feelings at some of the near misses (2001 Wimbledon semi-final in particular). The book does come-off as slightly mechanical, especially towards the end, where his last couple of seasons on the tour are rushed in descriptive coverage. Detractors will scoff and suggest the lack of insight and opinion will reflect Henman's personality I suppose. But the fact is, as revealed in 'Duel For the Crown', Henman hid a lot of personal feeling from public view. I was left very disappointed that we did not get more analysis of Tim in Felstein's book.

Fans of Tim Henman (those of us who can remember screaming at our TVs in the aformentioned Wimbledon semi-final especially!) will no doubt get something out of this book, as I did. But if you want to know more about Tim as a person, and how he received his rivals, compatriots, and life under British expectation in more detail, I would recommend instead 'Duel For the Crown', despite the 1999 truncation of his career to the point that book was published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and informative read, 11 Sep 2010
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Having lived through the agonies of watching Henman somehow win his way to numerous Wimbledon quarter and semifinals, it was really interesting to get the inside track on what was going on on the other side of the TV set. Maybe because he was so totally middle class, Henman got a reputation in the UK of being a choker and somehow Murray, hewn from tougher Scottish material is seen as completely the opposite. In fact the reverse seems to be true, Henman showed huge determination despite being seen as less talented than his contempories to fight his way to the top ten of world tennis. Henman's style of play was so edge of the seat and so entertaining because he was a risk taker, Murray's is so dull because he's basically a getter backer, waiting for his opponent to make errors.

This book is a must read for junior players, it shows you don't have to be seen as the best to claw your way to the top and shows the value of determination and practice. Many players would have given up when faced with the catalogue of injuries that Henman faced as a junior, he didn't, he kept going, kept believing and made the very best of his talents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TIGER TIM, 22 Jun 2005
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This book has everything you need to know about Tim Henman - and more. I'm a big fan of Tiger Tim and I'm delighted someone has finally written his life story - hopefully there will be another version when he wins Wimbledon!!!
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