FLUSHING, N.Y., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Tim Henman, once ranked No. 4 in the world, said Thursday he would retire from competitive tennis after playing for Great Britain in Davis Cup play next month.
Henman, who turns 33 on Sept. 6, made the announcement at the site of next week's U.S. Open. Henman, currently ranked 92nd and who has been battling back problems, meets Dmitry Tursunov in the first round of the year's final major tournament.
"From a professional point of view, it's something I've been thinking about for some time," Henman said. "I think the issues that I've had with my back and the knock-on effect that's had has made my life a little harder and a little less enjoyable.
"From a personal point of view with our third child on the way, there's obviously an even bigger incentive to be at home."
He said the Davis Cup World Group playoff matches Sept. 21-23 between Great Britain and Croatia at Wimbledon would be his final competitive outing.
Henman was rated as high as fourth in the world in 2002. He has won 11 singles titles and four doubles championships. He takes a 38-14 Davis Cup record into next month's matches.