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Weekend Warrior: Henman Plays 24 Hours for Children’s Charity

Tim Henman, joined by his celebrity friends, played 24 hours of tennis last weekend to benefit his children’s charity. 

By Alberto Amalfi | @Tennis_Now | Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Tim Henman played weekend warrior for a worthy cause last weekend.  

Former world No. 4 Henman, joined by several of his celebrity friends, played 24 hours of tennis over the weekend in a Christmas Challenge charity to raise money for the Tim Henman Foundation’s initiative to support disadvantaged children.

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The man affectionately nicknamed “Tiger Tim” by his peers during his playing days played 12 hours of doubles on Saturday and 12 hours of doubles on Sunday.

Four-time Wimbledon semifinalist Henman, who reported losing four toe nails during this epic tennis weekend, hit with stars including Hugh Grant, who showed strong skills wielding a Rafa Nadal signature Babolat racquet, Tom Hiddleston and survival expert, global adventurer and noted tennis fan Bear Grylls. 

In a tribute to the Iron Man’s resilience in the final hour of his 24-hour display of will, Tiger Tim was serenaded with the Survivor classic “Eye of the Tiger” as he battled former British nemesis Greg Rusedski in the final hour of his tennis marathon.

Watch Tiger Tim’s reaction to match point of a 24-hour tennis test of will and resilience here:

Of course, Wimbledon has noted history in return to forever tennis events.

Back in 2010, John Isner edged Nicolas Mahut in 11 hours, 5 minutes—the longest tennis match in history—on No. 18 Court at Wimbledon.

British Photo credit: Tim Henman Instagram

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