Philip Henning is through to the third round in the Junior Australian tennis open!
Henning did not make the final cut of the Australian Open Junior main draw so he was forced to play in the qualifying rounds. He won through two gruelling rounds of qualifying and was one of eight players to qualify for the main draw proper in Melbourne.
He qualified for the pre-Australian Open warm-up junior tournament, the Traralgon Junior International, where he went on to beat Nicolas Mejia (ranked ninth in the junior world rankings) of Colombia with 6-0 6-2 .
In the first round of the Junior Australian Open, Henning beat George Loffhagen of Great Britain in a tight two sets 7-6 (5) 7-5.
He then went on to upset ninth seed and the world No 8 junior ranked player, Thiago Seyboth Wild of Brazil with 6-4 6-4 in the second round.
“I can’t believe that I am into the third round of the Aussie Open Junior,” said a clearly elated Henning following his victory. “It has always been a dream to play in a Grand Slam and that dream is now a reality. I hope to continue my good form for the rest of the week.”
In the third round on Wednesday, Henning will play American Sebastian Korda. The two have never played each other before.
Henning is also still in the boys doubles with partner Andrew Paulson of the Czech Republic. The two upset top seeds Sebastian Baez (Argentina) and Thiago Seyboth Wild (Brazil) 2-6 7-6 (5) 14-12 to move into the quarterfinals.