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2005 Jun 01 - Felgate attacks Henman critics

David Felgate (LTA Performance Director) has hit back at the critics who have called for Tim Henman to retire following his shock defeat in the second round of Roland Garros.

"What he does at Wimbledon is like a top-five finish in the Open golf every year.

"In football he would be picked for a world starting XI for the last six years. How many can you say that about?"

David is still confident that Tim has the ability and mental strength to win a Wimbledon title. He added:

"I don't think he has even given a thought to retiring. He could win Wimbledon this year, of course he could. It is still his dream to do that.

"Don't tell people to retire. Who are any of us to do that when they are performing in front of thousands of people, doing something they love?

"Tim is going in ranked nine or 10 and he's a different person now. He can still deal with the pressures of wanting to win Wimbledon."

And speaking of Greg Rusedski's future, David added:

"Greg has played really well this year, has had a lot of tough draws, but could be seeded at Wimbledon.

"I'm sure he's going to give it his best shot. People are asking how long will he go on now but when you are a sportsman you just love proving people wrong. It keeps you going."


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