Former World No. 4 Tim Henman says he is proud of what he achieved in his career, in spite of his critics pointing out that he failed to win a singles title at Wimbledon. Speaking on his podcast show, Changing Room Chat, Henman says, "Success is about maximising your potential and I know what I put into my career.
I gave everything I had and therefore I am very proud of what I achieved. There was criticism at times, but if people want you to give more than 100 per-cent, you are fighting a losing battle. With commitment there are no greys areas, you have to give it 100 per-cent and I did that.
When you are a British player and you are challenging for big titles and especially Wimbledon, you either win it or you lose it. There is no in-between. I’ve never been that interested or bothered by many opinions. I listen to my family and the coaches I worked with and outside of that group I was never influenced”.
Henman reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon on four occasions in his career and between 1996 and 2004, he reached at least the quarter-finals every year except for 2000, in which he reached the fourth round. Henman says the most memorable matches of his career were at Wimbledon.
“It’s always going to centre around Wimbledon and there are three or four that stand out. My first match on Centre Court in 1996 (Yevgeny Kafelnikov) was special and then the Middle Sunday Match in 1997 (against Paul Haarhuis) was probably the best atmosphere I ever played in and then 2001 obviously beating Roger Federer after he had beaten Sampras and then losing to Ivanisevic over three days.
I don’t have any regrets and while I still love tennis, I don’t miss playing or the travelling involved with it. Getting the best from your career is an achievement for anyone in sport and I certainly feel I did that”.