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Henman: Winning an Olympic medal is very special


Interview with Tim Henman about winning an Olympic silver medal in the doubles competition with Neil Broad at the 1996 games in Atlanta.

Henman on how he arrived in America feeling good about his tennis – he had just had his first decent run at Wimbledon, reaching the quarter-finals:  “I had just done well at Wimbledon for the first time so I was feeling very confident about my tennis. I have some great memories of that Olympics, such as going to the Opening Ceremony – that was fantastic, walking into the stadium and being around all those other athletes. I loved the opportunity at the Olympics to watch other sports, to see other athletes in action. Winning a medal at the Olympics is very special. Britain didn’t have a great Games overall – we maybe didn’t win as many medals as people thought we were going to – so it was fantastic that Neil and I were able to win one. I lent the medal to the Wimbledon Museum, but I have taken it back recently to take to schools to show some kids.”

Henman on how the doubles medal was wholly unexpected: “It was one of those times when you feel as though you have nothing to lose. I had never played doubles with Neil before, but we got better and better as a pair as we got further into the tournament; there was a good chemistry on court and we worked well together as a team.”
Henman on how he hopes to see as many sports as possible at the London Games: “I’m going to be at Wimbledon for the BBC, but after the tennis has finished I will try to see as much as I can. My wife has some tickets to the equestrian events, but I’m hoping that I will be able to get some other tickets from somewhere. I’m going to be asking for a few favours.”