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Tim Henman  

Henman comes from a sporting family - his mother and father both played tennis and his grandfather and great-grandmother

Having reached six Grand Slam semi-finals, won 15 career ATP titles, and been ranked number four in the world, Tim Henman is widely regarded as one of England's most successful tennis players. He retired from professional tennis in September 2007 after helping Great Britain defeat Croatia in the Davis Cup.

Henman comes from a sporting family - his mother and father both played tennis and his grandfather and great-grandmother have all made appearances at Wimbledon. Henman began his tennis career as a member of the David Lloyd Slater Squad where he trained alongside other British hopefuls. In 1993 he joined the professional tour and proceeded to quickly climb up the rankings. By 1996 he was ranked within the top 30 and won a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympic games.

Upon beating Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the first-round of Wimbledon in 1996, Henman went on to reach the quarter-finals before eventually losing to Todd Martin. By this time he was firmly established as one of the top players in the world.

Henman has come close to reaching the Wimbledon finals on numerous occasions and each of his semi-final losses were to Championship winners including Pete Sampras and Lleyton Hewitt.

2001 was Henman's best year at Wimbledon - he beat Roger Federer in four sets during the quarterfinal and went on to play Goran Ivanisevic, to whom he eventually lost after a rain-delayed fifth set.

The latter part of Henman's career was riddled with injuries. On his last practice session prior to the 2007 Australian Open, he injured his hamstring and was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He announced his retirement shortly thereafter, to the disappointment of many fans. Still, throughout most of his career he held rank as Britain’s number one ranked player, an achievement not to be overlooked.

In 2008, Henman joined forces with John McEnroe, and in later years Boris Becker, to provide color commentary throughout the Wimbledon Championships for the BBC.

Henman remains active in many charitable endeavors, including the Tim Henman Charitable Foundation, which he founded in 2000. He resides in London with his wife and three daughters and is a keen golfer.

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