Britain's top tennis administrator David Felgate believes Tim Henman has unfairly become the country's most maligned sportsman.
Felgate, performance director of the Lawn Tennis Association and Henman's former coach, sometimes struggles to keep his cool over the treatment he believes is dished out towards the British No 1, who is gearing up once again for Wimbledon later this month.
Felgate said: "What he does at Wimbledon is the equivalent of finishing in the top five of the British Open golf every year. In football terms he would be picked for a world starting XI for the last six years, how many football players can you say that about?
"It is absolutely mindblowing. I would like to meet anybody else who has made the world's top four at what they do. You could count them on the fingers of one hand."
Felgate believes Henman, at 30, still has rampant ambitions to win Wimbledon and repay his army of fans despite four semi-finals being as close as he has come to glory in SW19.
Felgate said: "I don't think he has even given a thought to retiring. He could win Wimbledon this year, of course he could. It is still his dream to do that. You've now got Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Sebastien Grosjean on the scene but Tim can handle them all on the right day (on grass)."
Felgate, two years into his new British tennis role, was speaking as fans watched the rain drizzle down at the Surbiton Trophy tournament where only 30 minutes play was possible.
Greg Rusedski, the British No 2, was one of the frustrated contenders for the £27,608 men's prize waiting to get on court but Felgate, who also "manages" him in the British Davis Cup team, says: "Greg has played really well this year. But he has had a lot of tough draws against Roddick and Tim but."
Among Felgate's job remit is overhauling the search for young British talent. Barcelona-based Scottish teenager Andrew Murray carried off the US Open junior crown last year and Felgate said: "He is an outstanding talent and, hopefully, there are other youngsters out there in his class."