Tim Henman's retirement, 2007

Davis Cup 2007: Tim Henman’s farewell

From Andy Murray: tennis ace, by John Murray

All Davis Cup ties are important, but this one particularly so. It would be Henman‘s final match before he retired. Andy was determined to see him off in style.

“I want to play my best. I’m going to fight until the last point,” he said. “I’m not going to want to let the team down or let Tim down. I’d feel terrible if I was the one that was responsible for losing Tim’s last tie.”

He didn’t have anything to worry about giving his boyhood hero a fitting farewell. In fact, at times, it looked like a pumped-up Henman could beat Croatia single-handed.

On the first day, at the grounds where he had given British fans so many happy memories over the years, the veteran cruised to a straight sets win over Roko Karanusic, while Andy proved his fitness with a five-set triumph against Marin Cilic. Then Henman and Jamie Murray completed the job in the doubles on the second day, to the delight of the Wimbledon faithful. The brothers had played a perfect support act as Henman took centre stage one last time.

Amidst all the applause and emotion as the Englishman waved goodbye, it was easy to forget what the result actually meant: GB had qualified for the World Group!

Tim Henman:

“Today was an incredible atmosphere. It’s this type of occasion I’m going to miss in the future and I’m going to miss each and every one of you that supported me throughout my career. It’s been an unbelievable journey for me. I’ve fulfilled so many of my dreams.”

Tim Henman, Davis Cup 2007

Andy Murray:

“It was an absolute honour to be on the court with him (Henman) and I’m sad to see him go.”

Andy Murray, Davis Cup 2007

Andy Murray, Davis Cup 2007

Thanks a lot to Kate for the pictures!

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