Henman 'ready to go'

Last updated at 13:38 15 January 2006

Tim Henman has declared himself "ready to go" ahead of his Australian Open first-round clash with Dmitry Tursunov tomorrow.

After a disappointing 2005 the British number one is determined to impress this year, starting with the first grand slam on the calendar.

He struggled at the ExxonMobil Open in Doha earlier this month, losing to Tommy Haas in straight sets in the second round, but insists he is in top physical condition for Melbourne.

"I'm glad I'm scheduled to play my first-round

match against Dmitry Tursunov on day one of the Open as I feel I've spent enough time on the practice court and I'm ready to go," he told his website, timhenman.org.

"The last week has been very productive as I've had plenty of practice and I'm hitting the ball well. I've had no injury worries so I'm in good shape both mentally and physically."

Henman, who turns 32 later this year and is unseeded in Australia, is aware of the Russian's power but is well prepared to counter it.

He saw enough, possibly too much, of Tursunov at Wimbledon last year, when the emerging Russian sent Henman tumbling to a second-round exit.

"I know what to expect from Dmitry in terms of his gameplan and I've got a clear picture in my mind as to what I want to try to do to make life difficult for him," said Henman.

"He has the ability to generate an awful lot of pace both on serve and off the ground and he can be very dangerous.

"But I'll be very much concentrating on trying to execute my gameplan to the best of my ability because if I'm able to do that then I'll be tough to beat."