It’s just reward for Philip – Olivier

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Philip Henning PHOTO: TENNIS SA

The Bloemfontein teenager, Philip Henning, has been named in the South African Davis Cup team for next weekends’ all-important Euro/Africa Group 1 relegation play-off against Portugal in Lisbon.

Henning, who attends Grey College and who will only be turning 18 years old in a month from now (10 November), is currently in Argentina where he is competing in the Youth Olympics.

Speaking to Courant from Argentina, Henning’s coach, M.C. Olivier, says the player’s call-up is a just reward for his outstanding form and season.

“We are really proud of Philip, it’s a really good reward for his career,” said Olivier was has been coaching Henning since he was six-years-old.

“He is a really hard-working young man and he is a really good individual as well.

“So, we are really proud of his achievement of being included in the Davis Cup squad. It’s a good end to what has been a good year for him.

“He has played in all four Grand Slams. He has held the highest junior ranking for quite some time, he currently competing in the Youth Olympics, and he has won the most national titles. So I think that his inclusion is just reward.

“For us as a team at the Gustav Fichardt Tennis Academy in Bloemfontein, it is really rewarding to see a player that we have been coaching since he was six-years-old and go on to achieve what he has.

“It’s a really nice reward for him, and we are really proud of him.”

The team will be captained by Marcos Ondruska, who was also born in Bloemfontein. The other members of the team are Lloyd Harris, Nik Scholtz, Raven Klaasen, Ruan Roelofse, and Tucker Vorster will be travelling as a practice partner. – MORGAN PIEK