As a professional tennis player Tim Henman used to spend up to 35 weeks a year travelling for work, which dramatically reduced
Opportunity and Accessibility: Two Essential Elements Required for Ensuring Sport Is Woven Into the Very Fabric of All Our Children's Lives
Election year is always a time to reflect on where we are as a country and on the things that really matter to us. What do we care about? And what can be done to make things better. As a sportsman and now as a father, I have always believed passionately in the power of sport to improve the lives of young people. I know from my own personal experience and from the achievements of the thousands of youngsters I have encountered throughout my professional tennis career, that sport has transformative qualities.
Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...
It's always a pleasure to spend time at Wimbledon but over the last week I've been watching the next generation of tennis talent competing on the famous lawns of the All England Club.
A cyber row appears to have broken out between British tennis supporters. The area where fans at the All England Club watch
In this country we've got world-class athletes, as our success during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games showed us, and as we can see every year in our football, rugby and cricket teams. We want to see those world-class athletes in tennis but it won't happen without a lot more work where it all starts. The LTA are already investing a lot of funds into junior tennis, but we need to invest even more in the grassroots. If we want to produce top-class players, we've got to engage our kids at a young age, at primary schools around the country. We need to give six, seven, eight-year-olds the chance to pick up a tennis racket and get the best ones in for training. This way our standards will improve, reaching the top world positions that British footballers and cricketers have reached.
It's time to dust off your racket and wrestle the tennis balls from your dog's mouth. Wimbledon 2013 is upon us! Wimbledon is now as much a feature of the British summer as barbecues, Henley Royal Regatta, and summer rain.
In recent years it's become a feature of the British summer season. Whether or not tennis is your game, for two weeks in June/July a nation dares to hope. We've been getting closer--first, with Come on Tim! Henman and now Andy Murray. Today the collective sentiment is more expectation than flight of fantasy, though the reality remains elusive. It hasn't always been so.
Comic sketches with athletes and feats of endurance from celebrities during a night of television dedicated to Sport Relief
Comedy star Miranda Hart ended up across the net from her hero Tim Henman in a special film in aid of Sport Relief. Viewers