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'I won't give up on Wimbledon'

Tim Henman insists that he will be back in 2008 despite a heartbreaking five-set loss to Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2007 20:42 IST


Tim Henman insisted that he will be back at Wimbledon in 2008 for a 15th All England Club campaign despite a heartbreaking five-set loss to Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

The 32-year-old went down to a 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 2-6, 6-1 second round defeat against the left-hander but the four-time semi-finalist, who made his debut here back in 1994, said he has no plans to quit.

"I'll be back next year, absolutely," said Henman, who knows that with his ranking set to slump from its current 74 he faces a huge task to put his career back on track after his third successive second round defeat here.

"I'm not going to play forever, but I'm passionate about what I do. I love what I do and I want to make the most of it.

"The second round is not something I'm proud of. But I look at my first round performance (a five-set won over Carlos Moya) and I'm proud of the way I played there.

"I want to try and build on it and see what happens in the rest of the year."

Lopez goes on to face French wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the last 16 while all British interest in the singles at this year's Wimbledon has now ended after just four days.

It was Henman's second successive five-setter at Wimbledon having been pushed all the way by former French Open winner Moya over four hours in the first round.