Henman surprised with Wimbledon seeding
British number one Tim Henman admitted today he was "pleasantly surprised" after being seeded 10th for next week's Wimbledon championships.Updated: Jun 18, 2003 18:36 IST
British number one Tim Henman admitted today he was "pleasantly surprised" after being seeded 10th for next week's Wimbledon championships.
Henman is currently ranked 29th in the world but his grass court pedigree, and having reached four Wimbledon semi-finals, has been taken into account by the All England Club's championship committee.
"I'm pleasantly surprised to have been moved up as high as I have been considering my ranking is currently 29," Henman told his personal website.
"But at the end of the day, if you're going to win a grand slam you have to win seven matches in a row and irrespective of who you play in those seven matches you know it will be extremely tough.
"Although it's great to be seeded, I've still got to pay well when I get on court and it's extremely tough to win a grand slam, especially Wimbledon, the biggest of them all.
"However, my record on grass is good so I know if I can play anywhere near my best I've got an excellent chance of beating anyone," added the 28-year-old, whose preparation has however been hampered by a shoulder injury which required surgery at the end of last year.
First Published: Jun 18, 2003 18:36 IST