The Grey College pupil, who spent a month in Europe participating in various tournaments during August, participated in the Africa Masters (u14) tennis tournament held in Cairo from 23 – 28 September.
Participation in this tournament was by invitation and the top-12 players (u14) of the Africa continent were invited to participate. This tournament was played on a round-robin base and Philip had to win all his games to clinch this title.
“There were no easy games. Every game played was against a top player of his country. These games were all played on clay courts in very hot conditions,” Philip told Courant.
“I had to dig deep in every game to get through. This is the biggest win of my short career and I’m very glad. I again realised the importance of having good coaching and working hard.
“I need to thank my coaches, Gustav Fichardt and MC Olivier, for all the hard work put in. I’m very glad I can give something back to them – in the form of this title,” Philip concluded.
Philip will also be participating in two big SA tournaments in Bloemfontein during the coming school holidays, and also in SA Coastal Tournaments (4x) in December.