After undergoing shoulder surgery at the end of the 2002 season, the future prospects for Henman were not promising.
World ranking: 11
Australian Open best:
4th Round (2002, 2001, 2000)
2002: 4th round
2001: 4th round
Britain's best had reached the Wimbledon semi-finals four times but at the age of 28 it looked as if Grand Slam glory would allude him.
However, last season Henman raised a nation's hopes once again at the end of what he admitted had been his most difficult year.
With his ranking down in the 30s, Henman arrived at the Paris Masters very much an outsider - but proceeded to upset Sebastien Grosjean, Roger Federer and world number one Andy Roddick on his way to the title.
It was the second time in 2003 that Henman had beaten Roddick, the first occasion coming in Washington where the Briton picked up his only other title of the season.
With his place in the world's top 20 restored, the 29-year-old has linked up with Pete Sampras' former coach Paul Annacone as he bids to end his career on a high.
While he has an impressive record at Wimbledon, Henman has never progressed beyond the fourth round of any other Grand Slam tournament.
His attacking game deserves better, and he will be keen to build on his Paris success in Melbourne.