Tony Henman, Father of British Tennis Star Tim Henman, Dies at 84

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Tony Henman, Father of British Tennis Star Tim Henman, Dies at 84

Tony Henman, Father of British Tennis Star Tim Henman, Dies at 84

Tony Henman, the father of renowned British tennis player Tim Henman, passed away on May 3, 2024, at the age of 84. Henman was remembered for his calm demeanor during Wimbledon matches and his own impressive sporting achievements in hockey, cricket, tennis, and squash.

Born on April 12, 1940, in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Henman excelled in sports from a young age. He attended New College prep school and Malvern College, where he captained the Winchester Fives team and played for the first team in various sports. Henman later qualified as a solicitor and rejoined his father's practice, Henman Ballard, in 1965, building its reputation for personal injury litigation.

Tony met his future wife, Jane Billington, during a cricket match, and they married a few months later in a ceremony where he sported two black eyes and a broken nose, injuries sustained during a county hockey match. The couple's winter honeymoon in Devon was cut short by a couple of days so that Henman could play hockey for Oxford Town in a local derby match. Jane, who came from a family devoted to sport, particularly horse breeding and tennis, was understanding of her husband's passion for ball games.

The couple raised their three sons, Michael, Richard, and Tim, in Oxfordshire, fostering a competitive spirit through family sports games and nurturing Tim's early tennis talents. Tim Henman went on to become Britain's most successful male tennis player since Fred Perry, achieving a world number four ranking and reaching four Wimbledon semi-finals.

Tony and Jane were regular fixtures at Wimbledon, where they watched Tim's matches with admirable composure, despite feeling anxious during tense moments. Mike Dickson, Daily Mail tennis correspondent, described Tony's demeanor as "Magnificent, inscrutable calm" during Tim's Wimbledon matches, though Tony later revealed that he was "churning inside" during moments of high drama.

Throughout his life, Tony continued to excel in sports, representing Oxfordshire in squash, cricket, tennis, and hockey, and winning the European Vintage Championships in 2002. He also took up real tennis and was a useful golfer, even playing a few holes using a buggy in his later years. Known for his kindness, lack of side, and "take no prisoners" attitude on the hockey pitch, Tony earned the affectionate nickname "The Brigadier" among fellow villagers when he led a successful campaign against a proposed eco-town development in Weston on the Green, which he described as "Vandalism and an eco-scam."

Tony Henman's dedication to his family and sports legacy will endure through his wife, sons, and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his calm demeanor during Wimbledon matches, his own sporting achievements, and his lasting impact on British tennis through his son Tim's success.

Key Takeaways

  • Tony Henman, father of tennis player Tim Henman, passed away at 84.
  • He excelled in hockey, cricket, tennis, and squash, and was a solicitor.
  • Tony met his wife Jane during a cricket match and had three sons.
  • He was known for his calm demeanor at Wimbledon matches.
  • Tony's sporting achievements and legacy will endure through his family.