An injury to Sergi Bruguera left the organisers of the ATP Tour World Championship in Hannover desperately seeking a replacement. Henman agreed to answer the call and what should have been a comparatively quiet end to the week in Shropshire developed into a frantic dash between Britain and Germany.
23.30 Thursday: Henman, staying in the Telford area for the national championships, receives a phone call inviting him to replace Bruguera in Hannover. He will play only one match, against Yevgeny Kafelnikov, but victory would be worth $100,000 (pounds 60,000) and 80 world ranking points. The ATP will also pay him $10,000 (pounds 6,000) for taking part.
09.30 yesterday: Shortly after arriving by car at the Telford Racquet and Fitness Club, Henman attends a press conference and announces his plans to travel to Hannover.
11.08: Henman starts his Telford quarter-final against Jamie Delgado.
12.02: Henman completes a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Delgado, hitting 18 aces. The win guarantees him pounds 2,200.
12.15: Henman skips post-match press conference and leaves by car for Birmingham airport.
14.00: At his own expense, Henman leaves Birmingham airport on Flight 146 Alpha, a private jet to Hannover.
16.30 (local time): An hour and a half after leaving Birmingham, Henman's jet arrives at Hannover airport.
17.30: Henman arrives at Hall 13 of the Expo 2000 site, venue for the ATP Tour World Championship.
18.00: Henman due to go on court for a warm-up session with his coach, David Felgate.
19.30: Henman due to play Kafelnikov. Then expected to fly back to Birmingham.
Today: Henman is likely to start his Telford semi-final against Danny Sapsford just after midday. Victory in tomorrow's final would earn him the princely sum of pounds 9,000.Reuse content