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2004 Dec 07 - Henman LTA player of the year

Tim Henman received the honour of being voted Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) player of the year in recognition for his achievements - which included two Grand Slam semi-finals (Roland Garros and US Open) and reaching 6th in the world rankings.

Young player of the year was of course handed to the emerging talent of Andrew Murray who claimed the US Open boys title in September and also received his first call-up for the Great Britain Davis Cup squad to face Austria.

Disabled player of the year went to world No.1 Peter Norfolk who claimed his third US Open title.

Team of the year went to the Great Britain Under-14 boys who won the World Junior Tennis title by defeating host nation the Czech Republic 2-0 in the final.

Tim will be back in action at the 2005 Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, Australia, which take place from Wednesday 12 January to Saturday 15 January. The line-up is very strong:

2005 Kooyong Classic

Roger Federer (SUI)
Andy Roddick (USA)
Tim Henman (GBR)
Andre Agassi (USA)
David Nalbandian (ARG)
Gaston Gaudio (ARG)
Nicolas Massu (CHI)
Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)

The British No.1 is looking forward to his time down-under and his decision to enter the Kooyong Classic is based on his desire to achieve greater success of progressing further than the forth round of the Australian Open.

Tim told his personal website:

"I've often felt that the conditions suit my game in Melbourne so I'd love to be able to start next year by doing well at the Australian Open.

"That's why I've changed my schedule slightly by committing to play in the Kooyong Classic.

"I'll be able to acclimatise while practising before the event and then will be guaranteed matches against the best players in the world.

"I think that will give me the best possible chance of doing well at the Australian Open."

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