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2003 Sep 08 - Henman and coach Stefanki split

Tim Henman and coach Larry Stefanki are to go their seperate ways following a decision by Tim that he no longer needs a coach.

Their relationship started in July 2001, and has led to Tim winning ATP events in Basle, Adelaide, and Washington DC. However, there has been criticism over the way Larry slowed down the Henman serve to improve accuracy, which undoubtedly cost Henman realistic a shot at the Australian Open title in 2002 when he lost in the 4th Round to one of the best returners in the game, Jonas Bjorkman.

Tim said:

"It's been a fantastic experience working with Larry, who has been a good friend as well as my coach over the last two years.

"We've worked together on some effective technical and tactical changes, which have given my game an extra dimension.

"I feel now that I simply need to concentrate on competing and winning matches, which is something I think I can do on my own. I have already had the experience of travelling without a coach and enjoyed the freedom of that very much.

"Over the last couple of years, Larry has become a very good friend, which I hope will continue into the future."


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