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Friday, 21 September 2007

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Henman volleyed when he should have chosen the numbers 2, 5, 6, 13, 25, 47 and the bonus number 45

Tennis ace Tim Henman almost won last week's National Lottery draw, it was revealed. He almost won a tax-free cash prize of £4 million.

Henman almost got himself new houses in New York, London and Tokyo, a yacht and a 2-seater plane. He came close to acquiring a Lamborghini and a Ferrari.

Sports reporters criticised the 33-year old sportsman, who has never won Wimbledon, for "lacking the killer instinct". Wayne Kerr from Sky News said;

"If Henman had served an ace, I'm sure he would have collected the £4 million. But sadly, he didn't serve an ace."

Amanda Reckonwith from BBC News 24 said:

"Henman picked the wrong numbers. I'm afraid that we have to question his judgment. McEnroe or Connors wouldn't have got their numbers wrong."

However, supporters of the English player defended him, saying:

"It's not Tim's fault that he didn't win the National Lottery. It's a game of pure chance. There's no skill involved."

Henman, who was once ranked number 4 in the tennis world, reached the Wimbledon semi-finals, being the first British player to do so since Roger Taylor in the 1970s. Last month he announced that he will retire from the game after the Davis Cup match against Croatia in late September.

At a further press conference earlier today, he also stated that he will be retiring from the National Lottery and will take up an easier game, like Snap!

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