Tim Henman will be making a return to professional tennis as the British ATP Cup Captain. The news of his return has excited Andy Murray, who will be among the players representing Great Britain in the showpiece, which is slated for January. As Great Britain’s leading player, he was given the mandate to select the captain ahead of the ATP Cup. In his capacity, he believes that Tim Henman is the right man to lead the nation to glory in the upcoming tournament.
“He (Henman), has got a lot of experience, he’s a fun guy to be around, and he played lots of Davis Cups,” Andy Murray explained to BBC Sport. The former world number four and a six-time semifinalist in the Grand Slam has been out of action ever since he retired in 2007.
Murray on Henman
“Tim hasn’t had too much involvement in the performance side of British tennis since he stopped playing, and I think it would be great for all of the players to have him come in and be involved. He can get to know the players better, I think he could help all of us and more British players just outside of the ATP Cup team,” admitted Murray.
Andy is confident Tim Henman will have a fantastic experience in the upcoming tournament, which precedes the Australian Open. A total of 24 teams will be in action to battle out for the title. The group stage matches will be played in Brisbane, Sydney, and Perth. The knockouts and final will be hosted in Sydney.
“It is a great experience for him, and I think it will make him want to be involved in that side of things, which I think overall will be really positive for British tennis.”
Murray back from injury
Andy Murray is lucky to be looking forward to participating in the ATP Cup after a hip injury sidelined him for the better part of the year. The Scot was even considering early retirement. However, he managed to come back from injury and also featured in Wimbledon, where he and Serena Williams played in the mixed doubles.
However, he opted out of the US Open, and instead featured in Winston-Salem Open, losing to Tennys Sandgren.
Great Britain could have missed out from the ATP cup was it not for Murray’s protected ranking of two. Furthermore, he went forth to choose Tim Henman to captain in the upcoming competition.
Andy Murray’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.125, Andy played his last match on the 20th of October when he beat Stan Wawrinka 3-6 6-4 6-4 in the final in Antwerp to win his 46th career title.
This year Murray has a 12-8 win-loss record. The Brit has won 1 title in Antwerp.
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