South Africa’s highest world ranked tennis junior, Philip Henning of Bloemfontein has been named amongst the first list of team members to compete at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 6-18 October.
SASCOC announced the team on Tuesday which will represent the country in 19 different sports codes for the third Youth Olympic Games. Previously South Africa sent teams to Singapore in 2010 and Nanjing, China in 2014.
The different codes are: aquatics (diving and swimming), archery, athletics, canoeing, climbing, dance sport, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, hockey, modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby sevens, sailing, shooting, tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.
The 17-year-old Henning impressed earlier this year when he reached the junior doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open.
Following early exits of the country’s top aces Kevin Anderson and Raven Klaasen, at the year’s first Grand Slam event, the teenager from Bloemfontein ensured a South African presence in later rounds.
Last month the world number 49 junior staged a master class performance in the final of the Gauteng North ITF boys’ singles at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium in Pretoria.
Henning survived a second set scare against fellow Bloemfontein teammate Joubert Klopper before emerging victorious with a 6-2 3-6 7-5 to successfully defend his title in Tshwane.
“I feel very honored to be selected for the South African team. It is a big privilege to be representing my country at the Youth Olympics and I am looking forward to it. It’s coming home!” commented Henning who is currently in New York for the US Open Junior Championships starting on Saturday.
His selection caps a fine year for Henning – who is the current U18 African Junior Champion, Joint U18 TSA Growthpoint Nationals Champion, and after the US Open will have played in all four junior Grand Slams in 2018.
Finally – special mention must also be made of Lleyton Cronje, who is on the alternate list for the tennis event at the Youth Olympics.
Source credit: Tennis South Africa (TSA)