Written by Peter Gehr Senior Tennis Editor
Wimbledon hero Tim Henman plays tennis: special purpose strokes, and you may be thinking the tactical and strategic kind of strokes for winning tennis tournaments, but this was more than that. This was a game with a mission to support the sport, and to encourage a friend, and, as it turns out, his friend was the one doling out the inspiration.
Tennis brings people together, and for those of us who love the game not just for the athletic challenge, but for the social benefits of clubs even at the local community level.
Wimbledon Hero Tim Henman Plays Tennis: Special Purpose Strokes
Beci Wood writes of the special sponsorship game:
Former Wimbledon hero Tim Henman gave two tennis fans the experience of a lifetime today when he joined them for a match.
Joined by former Australian top ten player Peter McNamara, the pair joined forces with club players Corin Superfine and Martin Home for a doubles battle at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
They were playing on the same court graced by of John McEnroe and Goran Ivanisevic at the AEGON Masters this week.
Superfine, 42, who is currently battling leukemia, teamed up with Henman to narrowly beat Home, 61, and former top ten player Peter McNamara, 7-6.
They won the opportunity to face the tennis aces after winning a competition set up by AEGON in May.
Henman said: “Corin is an inspiration and to see how well he is playing out there is great. It is obviously hard work for him but he had his whole family here with him today cheering him on.
“He played with me so I felt a bit of pressure to try and get the right result, so I was pretty happy to win.
“Martin came to tennis after being injured in rugby and now he coaches other people which is great. He has a great spirit to get up there and make things happen.”
Superfine, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007 said: “The match was absolutely brilliant and I will remember it forever.
“Back in February when I was very unwell, I put my tennis rackets away in the cupboard and thought I wouldn’t play again and so when I saw the competition in May I had to enter.
“When I found out I had won I was quite emotional.”
The doubles match was set up by life and pensions company AEGON as part of its support for British tennis at all levels. Click here to visit the original source of this post
When Wimbledon hero Tim Henman plays tennis: special purpose strokes with a new meaning, it brings about a great effort such as this one to help the sport at all levels. The integrity of the grand slam champion Henman shows true character as this role model acknowledges the camaraderie of playing tennis and the spirit of true sportsmanship at its finest.
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