Henman was a choke artist
He was the best our country had seen since Fred Perry and was criminally under-rated for his achievements by the vast majority of the British press and public. He added spice to the tennis year for me by giving me a home name to root for at the top end of the game for the first time in my lifetime and I was thrilled for him when he won his only Masters title.
He clearly wasn't in Andy's league, but he had beautiful net-court play and did his utmost for a country that often took pleasure in ******** on him, just as it has on Andy - I faithfully supported him every year and was often mocked for it, as if winning Grand Slams was the only thing that made you worthy of support. If that were true I feel sorry for everybody that isn't Del Potro or one of the top 4.
It's far to easy to sneer at Tim Henman, and I have a feeling it will become easier now that Andy has broken his duck, but I personally find the impulse to be petty and beneath people, particularly Andy's supporters who have had to fight to get their player some measure of recognition for so long.