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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 January 2008, 16:43 GMT
Henman eyes future coaching role
Tim Henman
Henman has plans to go into coaching
Tim Henman sees himself taking up a coaching role with the Lawn Tennis Association in the future.

The 33-year-old former British number one retired four months ago but is keen to help the country's upcoming talent when he is ready.

"Tennis has given me so much and I would like to give back," he said.

"I could easily see myself doing some coaching - working with some of our young players and helping them make the transition from junior to seniors."

Henman will be taking coaching sessions in his role of ambassador for a national tournament for under-14s and launched the event on Tuesday.

He added: "I've always had very good communication and dialogue with the LTA. They know where I stand. If and when I'm ready I'm sure we'll talk."

606: DEBATE

The LTA is currently using the expertise of American duo Paul Annacone and Brad Gilbert but the prospect of Henman joining its camp is an appealing one.

"He has been unbelievable as a talisman for British tennis and it is great that he can be involved in tennis in different ways," said Paul Hutchins, head of men's tennis at the LTA.

"I'd love him to help me in my job. I think it is realistic but not yet. There is an open invitation for Tim to join the LTA any time he likes.

"You start with the respect people have for Tim Henman. Therefore there is no question he will be able to motivate. I would love for him to be involved."

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