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Last Updated: Monday, 17 September 2007, 05:47 GMT 06:47 UK
Youngsters lack desire - Henman
Tim Henman
Henman asks if young players have the desire to succeed
Tim Henman has warned young British tennis players to stop making excuses for their lack of success.

Henman plays his final competitive matches in this weekend's Davis Cup tie against Croatia at Wimbledon.

And the Briton told BBC ONE's Inside Sport that a lack of support is not to blame for his compatriots' failure to reach the highest level.

"Sure, it's about kids having accessibility, but I think that's an excuse," said the 33-year-old.

"I've played against enough of these guys, from Eastern block countries or parts of Russia or Argentina - what are their opportunities? They haven't got financial backing.

When are individual players going to take responsibility?

Tim Henman

"They haven't got masses of courts to play on, but they've got the hunger to make it happen."

Henman has also defended the Lawn Tennis Association, which has begun a process of self-analysis and reform under chief executive Roger Draper.

"Whether you think the LTA have done a good job or a bad job, whether we've got good coaches or bad coaches, when are the individual players going to take the responsibility?

"There are too many players that want to blame the LTA or say, 'I haven't got my coach travelling with me'. I just think its weak and we've got to get away from that."

HENMAN AT WIMBLEDON
Tim Henman at Wimbledon
Singles record: 42 matches won, 12 lost
Quarter-finalist: 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004
Semi-finalist: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002

Reflecting on the US Open in New York earlier this month, his last Grand Slam event, Henman admitted he had not felt like it was the end of his career after his second-round defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"It was difficult in New York, people asked me about the emotions of playing my last tournament but for me it wasn't my last tournament," he said.

"My last tournament is going to be the Davis Cup in Wimbledon and I think the emotions will be different."

Henman reached the semi-finals four times at Wimbledon between 1998 and 2002, and his popularity was such that the big-screen area behind Court One was dubbed 'Henman Hill'.

"When I reflect on a lot of my matches, when I reflect on a lot of the times I played at Wimbledon, every time I was playing here was fulfilling part of a dream," he said.

"I'm sure there will be a few tears but I'm looking forward to it."

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