Timeout for Tim; Henman Future in Doubt as Injury Forces a Total Break
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TIM HENMAN may not play again this year after being ordered to rest his ailing back.
The world No 12, who has battled with motivational, form and injury problems during 2005, does not know when he will pick up a racket again.
As the U.S. Open entered its second week yesterday, Henman was at home hoping that a body which has always been one of the fittest on the men's tour will allow him to end his playing days on his own terms.
That is no longer a given. Ever since his serving shoulder began to ache three years ago, Henman has been forced to fight his advancing years by increasing his flexibility and altering his fitness regime. That includes taking up Pilates, increasing the time he devotes to stretching and cutting down on the amount of time he spends playing his beloved golf.
Henman told his website: 'I've been told to rest. I was a bit unfortunate to pick up an injury in Cincinnati. My back has been great for months now, so it was a bit frustrating that it flared up again just before the U.S. Open.
'But I have to face facts, and now I've got to try to deal with the situation. If I can get healthy, I have a handful of tournaments this year and I want to do as well as I can in those.' The word 'if' stands out here like a warning beacon. Henman turns 31 today; he will recall that his 30th was spent beating Nicolas Kiefer to reach a U. …