Grey boy Henning’s fine Aussie Open comes to an end

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Phillip Henning PHOTO: WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN

Henning of Bloemfontein, South Africa’s top ranked number 18 player lost in round 3 of the boys singles to son of 1998 Australian Open champion (Petr Korda), Sebastian Korda of USA 6-4 1-6 4-6.

In the doubles, Henning, partnering with Andrew Paulson of Czech Republic were sidelines in the quarterfinal. Unseeded Henning and Paulson lost to Rudolf Molleker and Henri Squire, both of Germany, 7-6(3) 5-7 5-10

Allan Karam, the Tennis South Africa (TSA) National Coach travelling with Henning said that he was proud how Henning conducted himself, “Philip played some really good tennis whilst in Australia, beating three of the worlds’ top 25 players, and qualifying for the Junior Australian Open. His strong mind, discipline and all-court ability are impressive – the way he played and approached each match clearly indicates that he has a bright tennis future.”

Grey College pupil, Henning did not make the final cut of the Australian Open Junior main draw so was forced to play in the qualifying rounds. Henning won through two demanding rounds of qualifying and was one of 8 players to qualify for the main draw proper in Melbourne.