Tim Henman OBE
Tim Henman is one of Britain’s most successful male tennis players of the open era and was the first British player since Roger Taylor in the 1970’s to reach the last four at the Wimbledon Championships. During his career Tim reached the semi-finals at no less than six Grand Slams, including on four occasions at Wimbledon.
Tim’s career spanned fourteen-years beginning in 1993 until his retirement in 2007. During this time he won 11 ATP Tour titles, was consistently ranked in the world’s top 15 and achieved a world ranking high of number 4.
Tim represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup competition from the age of 19 and in 1996, in partnership with Neil Broad, he won the Men’s Doubles silver medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Since retiring in 2007, Tim has enjoyed life at home with his wife Lucy and his three daughters, Rose, Olivia and Grace, while remaining active in tennis – on court as a competitor on the ATP Champions Tour and off court as a television commentator for the BBC.
Tim continues to play an active role on behalf of a number of charitable endeavours. He has served as Chairman of the ATP Charities programme and also founded ‘The Tim Henman Charitable Foundation”.
Sir Trevor McDonald OBE
Sir Trevor McDonald, a keen sportsman and active tennis player since his teens, was born in Trinidad and spent much of his career in the United Kingdom working as a television journalist. Sir Trevor enjoyed a lengthy career at Independent Television News (ITN) during which time he was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards – including The British Academy Television Fellowship Award, The National Television Award – Special Recognition Award, and The National Television Award for Broadcasting.
Sir Trevor is also involved in several other charities including the Historical Royal Palaces charity, which looks after the running of the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, the Banqueting House and Hampton Court and De Paul Charity which looks after homeless young people and missing people.
Sir Trevor was knighted in 1999 for his services to journalism.
Leon Smith OBE
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Leon began coaching professionally at club level at the age of 18, but became focused on working with elite players in 1998, the year in which he was appointed the national performance officer for Tennis Scotland. After a short absence, during which he set up a training academy at the Next Generation Club in Edinburgh, Leon rejoined Tennis Scotland in 2002 as an LTA academy coach and in 2004 he became the national training coach for Scotland.
Under Leon’s leadership the GB Davis Cup team has achieved remarkable progress. In 2013 the team won promotion from the Euro / Africa zonal group and went on to claim a coveted place in the competition’s World Group featuring the best 16 nations. In 2014 the team reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 1981, having beaten the USA in the previous round. Leon has enjoyed coaching several high profile Scottish junior players over the year, the most notable of whom is Andy Murray and indeed Leon was instrumental in guiding Murray's formative years.
In 2005 Leon progressed to the role of LTA's national under-16’s coach and took on responsibility for the under-18’s in 2008. In 2009 Leon was appointed LTA Head of Player Development and in 2010 he was promoted to Head of Men's Tennis, as well as taking on the role of Davis Cup captain. In taking on the prestigious position, at the age of 34, Leon became the second youngest Great Britain captain following on from Paul Hutchins (appointed in 1975 aged 30).
As of May 2015, Leon’s Davis Cup record stands at won 9 lost 2. GB’s most recent tie was a victory again against the USA in March, which has sent the team into the quarterfinals of the World Group for the second year running.
Virginia Wade OBE
Virginia Wade was the Number 1 British tennis player for ten consecutive years and ranked in the World Top 10 continuously from 1969 – 1979.
In 1978 she achieved a World Ranking high of Number 2. Throughout her career Virginia represented Great Britain in both the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup, making a record number of appearances.
The crowning moment in Virginia’s career was 1977; the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee; when she won the Wimbledon Women’s Singles title. In addition to winning Wimbledon, Virginia claimed two further Grand Slam singles trophies during her career – the 1968 US Open and the 1972 Australian Open. Success was also forthcoming at the highest level in doubles, with Virginia winning four Grand Slam titles at the Australian Championships, French Championships and US Open.
In total during her distinguished career Virginia won 55 singles titles and 839 matches – the fourth highest in the history of Women’s professional tennis – with only Martina Navratilova (1,442), Chris Evert (1,304) and Steffi Graf (900) having won more.
In 1989 Virginia was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.
Since retiring from the Tour in 1986 Virginia remains very actively involved in tennis, both on court and as a long-standing tennis commentator and match analyst for the BBC and many other networks around the world.
Virginia is Vice President of the Dan Maskell Trust, a charity which raises money for disabled tennis players.