Inligting | Information
The school’s first tennis team and U/15A team dominated their interschools derbies this year winning all of their matches against strong opposition.
Grey College Tennis has been a formidable force in 2018 achieving much deserved success which has been the result of our tennis boys’ consistent hard work and discipline on court.
At the Gerrie Berner tournament hosted by Paul Roos Gymnasium, Grey College played consistently well, beating Pretoria Boys High, Affies and St. Stithians convincingly and losing only to Paul Roos Gymnasium in a closely contested final. The hospitality experienced during the St Stithians Tennis Easter Festival made this festival a memorable one. It was a fantastic tournament which afforded some of our non-regular 1st team players the opportunity to don the 1st team shirt. Our boys relished the opportunity to play and performed exceptionally well. Grey College ended second in the tournament with St Stithians winning the festival on points. The first tennis team participated in the annual Kearsney Tennis Festival which was held from the 17-20 May 2018. Grey College excelled, despite the absence of our no.1 and no. 2 players. This tournament gave our younger players much needed exposure to competitive schools’ tennis at 1st team level and the team, once again, ended as runners-up in this prestigious tournament beating Kearsney College, Rondebosch and Affies on the way to the final.
The U/15A team showed immense promise as the future 1st team by winning the Pretoria Schools U/15 Tennis festival decisively in which 10 top tennis schools from across South Africa competed. Grey College beat Paul Roos Gymnasium in a closely contested final.
Grey College Tennis performed well during the interschool derbies with our 1st team and U15A teams winning all their matches. During the Paul Roos Gymnasium derby, every 1st team player gave of his best which was evident by the gutsy play from the 1st team. The team delivered a sterling performance beating Paul Roos Gymnasium 7-2, ending the 2018 season on an absolute high. The dominance of the U/15A’s was also evident in the final score, 6-3.
Philip Henning who captained the 1st team for the last two years did exceptionally well by winning a number of ITF tournaments this year, catapulting him to no. 35 on the World Junior ITF rankings. Philip won the following tournaments: Curro Junior ITF – Grade 4 (end 2017); Curro Junior ITF – Grade 3 (end 2017); Brooklyn Union Axnosis ITF; South African Junior Championships U/18; ITF/CAT African Junior Closed Championships; Gauteng North Junior ITF. He was the no.1 player on the SA Junior rankings as well as the no.1 player in Africa. The ITF included Philip in the ITF World Tour Team to participate in the USA, Mexico, France and the UK. Philip did the school proud by playing in the main draw of the four majors this year namely, the Junior Australian Open, Junior French Open, Junior Wimbledon and the Junior US Open. His best result at the majors was when he reached the last 16 of the singles in the Junior Australian Open and the quarter- finals of the doubles. On the road to the last 16, Philip beat both the world junior no.24 and world junior no.9 players. Philip was included as a member of the 2018 SASCOC Youth team to represent South Africa in the Junior Olympics held in Buenos Aires. Philip’s hard work and results were rewarded when he was awarded a full 4-year tennis scholarship to the prestigious University of Georgia in the USA.
Joubert Klopper’s tenacity on the tennis court is well noted. He became the Junior SA Champion in the singles and doubles in 2019.
His current ranking (U/18) on the ITF Tennis World Junior rankings is 199, his SA Tennis U/18 ranking (3) and SA Tennis U/17 ranking (1). Joubert achieved some notable results this year: Free State Mini – Men’s Open – Singles and Doubles Winner; Free State Growthpoint – Mens Open – Singles and Doubles Winner; Potchefstroom Grade 5 – Singles Semi-Final, Doubles winner; Gaborone Grade 5 – Singles Runner up, Doubles winner; Windhoek Grade 4 – Singles semi-final, Doubles winner; Wanderers Grade 4 – Singles and Doubles winner; Pretoria Grade 4 – Singles runner-up, Doubles winner; Harare Grade 3 – Singles semi-final; Curro Junior ITF Tournament (grade 4) – Singles winner. Joubert was also included in SA International Club Team who won the African competition in 2017 and will compete in the World International Club Finals in Tokyo, Japan in October 2018.
Charl van Heerden (U/19) represented the Free State and was included in the SA Tennis Schools’ side and had a successful tour to the UK in July. Charl captained the U/19 Free State side and won two mini singles and three doubles titles.
Louis Grobbelaar represented the Free State (U19) this year. He won two mini singles and doubles titles.
SP Viljoen (U/15) represented the Free State and was included in the SA Tennis Schools’ side and had a successful tour to the UK in July. He won two U/18 minis, one in the Free State and one in the Northern Cape. He also made the quarter -finals of the Nationals U/16. His highest SA ranking this year was no. 2, U/15. SP also won the U/16 Grey Tennis Championships singles and doubles titles together with Louis Grobblelaar.
Gerrie Henning was a committed player in 2018 and was included in the SA U/14 team to play in the Africa Championships which was held in Pretoria in March and was once again included in the SA U/14 team to play in Algeria in September. He was also part of the Free State U/15 side.
Uitslae | Results
U/18 Singles Champion– Joubert Klopper
U/18 Doubles Champions– Joubert Klopper and Charl van Heerden
U/16 Singles Champion – SP Viljoen
U/16 Doubles Champions– Louis Grobbelaar and SP Viljoen
U14 Singles Champion– Gerrie Henning
U14 Doubles champions – Gerrie Henning and Pieter Schalk Grobbelaar
Gebeure | Events
13-17 Feb: Gerrie Berner toernooi
17-20 Apr: St.Stithians Easter festival
2-5 Mei: Kearsney College festival
8-11 Aug: o/15 tennistoernooi
17-20 Okt: Grey Kovsies toernooi Inters