Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fit-Again Tim Can Help Andy Beat Pain Barrier

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fit-Again Tim Can Help Andy Beat Pain Barrier

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TIM HENMAN, the last British player left in the French Open, is following a new training regime designed to overcome the kind of back problem that has now hit 19-year-old Andy Murray.

Murray limped out of Roland Garros after losing in five sets against French teenager Gael Monfils and now faces a worrying period of rehabilitation before setting his sights on Wimbledon.

Henman will be able to offer the young Scot plenty of advice about dealing with back pain following two years of injury-hit tennis that has contributed to his slide down the world rankings to 71.

However, Henman, like Murray, travelled late last year to a French institute which specialises in finding answers to structural problems in the body and is now armed with the information he believes can keep him on court rather than be forced into early retirement.

A scan on Murray's lower back revealed a bone that has yet to develop fully while Henman was told to adjust

the kind of training he undertakes to help his back deal with the strain of professional tennis.

Henman will be hoping to avenge Wimbledon and Australian Open defeats when he takes on Russian Dmitry Tursunov, the 31st seed, in the second round today.

He said: "I have always used a certain amount of weights in my training and the change in my regime comes from all that testing in France.

"It was a real eye opener because the examination was so in-depth. They looked at my strength, how I jumped, landed, and found that I was favouring one side of my body.

"I would have loved to have done that kind of testing earlier in my career. It's given me a totally new programme of weights and training to work on and it's really fantastic, the best I have ever had.

"However, you still need the blood

and guts as well. I don't take my back for granted and my fitness experts have stressed that this is a long process. …

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