Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lawn Tennis: Henman Looking to Bow out with Victory

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lawn Tennis: Henman Looking to Bow out with Victory

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TIM Henman has declared himself fit for the final grand slam of his career.

Henman takes on Russian Dmitry Tursunov in the first round of the US Open today, having recently announced he will retire from tennis after Great Britain's Davis Cup clash with Croatia next month.

A recurring back problem was one of the main reasons Henman decided to call it a day.

However the former British number one is optimistic he will have no problems against Tursunov. "I'm not particularly fond of Wednesday starts, I'm itching to get on court," Henman said.

"My back seems to have recovered and it feels pretty good at the moment, which is important as I'm going to have to serve well to stand a decent chance of winning."

Henman has lost five of his six meetings with Tursunov, including a second-round clash at Wimbledon in 2005 and earlier this season - also on grass - in Nottingham. The 32-year-old admitted on his official website: "Dmitry can be tough to play against because he makes it difficult to get into any kind of rhythm. …

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