From Coppini Tennis Academy to heights: Philip Henning wins second Futures title

Philip Henning claimed the M15 Sharm ElSheik Futures title

by Jovica Ilic
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From Coppini Tennis Academy to heights: Philip Henning wins second Futures title
© Federico Coppini

The 23-year-old Philip Henning from Coppini Tennis Academy claimed his second professional title at M15 Sharm ElSheik Futures. Led by his coach and the Coppini Tennis Academy leader, Federico Coppini, Philip defeated five rivals in straight sets en route to his second professional success.

He earned more ATP points while chasing higher ranking positions. Henning conquered his first professional title at the same site in October last year. He returned even stronger this week and lifted another trophy. World no. 744 kicked off the action against the top seed Saba Purtseladze and earned a notable 6-2, 7-5 victory in an hour and 32 minutes, notching his third top-500 win at Futures.

The South African served at 75%, doing everything right in his games and keeping the pressure on the other side. Philip dropped serve once from two chances offered to his rival and converted two out of six break chances, controlling the scoreboard and moving into the second round.

Purtseladze kicked off the duel with an ace and forged a 40-15 lead before Henning claimed four straight points and clinched an early break. Philip held at love in the second game, confirming the break and settling into a fine rhythm.

The Georgian experienced another setback in the third game, leading 40-15 and squandering three game points. Saba hit back-to-back double faults, losing serve and falling 3-0 behind.

Philip Henning & Federico Coppini, M15 Sharm ElSheik Futures© Federico Coppini

Henning held at 30 in the fourth game, extending the gap and producing another fine hold in game six for a 5-1 advantage.

The South African served for the opener in game eight and delivered a hold at love for 6-2 after 32 minutes. Not stopping there, Philip secured another break at the beginning of the second set, controlling the pace and moving closer to the finish line after holding at 30 in game two.

Purtseladze denied a break point in the third game before Henning claimed another comfortable hold for 3-1. The South African squandered a game point in game six and lost serve for the first and only time, allowing his rival to lock the result at 3-3.

Philip denied a break point in game eight, and they closed games nine and ten with aces for 5-5.

Philip Henning from Coppini Tennis Academy claimed his second pro title.

Henning stepped in the closing stages, holding at 15 in game 11 and breaking Purtseladze at love at 6-5 to move into the second round.

Philip faced Egypt's Amr Elsayed in the second round and notched a 6-2, 7-6 triumph in an hour and 47 minutes, reaching his sixth Futures semi-fina. Henning served at 71%, playing well behind the first serve but struggling behind the second.

He defended four out of eight break points and turned 46% of the return points into four breaks from eight opportunities. The South African made a reliable start, breaking at 15 in the first game of the encounter and holding in the next one for a 2-0 advantage.

Philip denied two break points in the fourth game, opening a 3-1 lead and clinching another break in the next one to extend the gap. Henning saved a break point in the sixth game, moving 5-1 up and forcing his rival to serve to stay in the set.

Elsayed held at love in game seven before Henning wrapped up the opener with a hold at 30 a few minutes later. The second set kicked off with back-to-back breaks before Philip fired two aces in game four for 2-2. Amr sprayed two double faults in the seventh game, facing a break point and denying it to remain on the positive side.

Henning grabbed a break at 15 in the ninth game and served for the win at 5-4. Philip lost serve at 30, keeping his rival in contention. The South African saved a set point in the 12th game with an ace and introduced a tie break.

Philip Henning, M15 Sharm ElSheik Futures© Federico Coppini

The Egyptian climbed back to 5-5 before hitting a double fault on a match point, propelling the South African over the top. Philip notched his fifth Futures semi-final following a dominant 6-3, 6-1 triumph over the 17-year-old Pole Tomasz Berkieta.

Henning sealed the deal in an hour and 12 minutes after a rock-solid performance in the pivotal moments. Philip denied nine out of 11 break points and seized six out of seven return chances, rattling off five games and sailing over the finish line.

Henning saved three break points in the first game of the encounter and grabbed a break in game two after the rival's double faults. A teenager converted his third break point in the third game, reducing the deficit to 2-1.

Tomasz sprayed more double faults in the fourth game, losing serve for the second time and falling 3-1 behind. Henning saved more break points in the seventh game and closed the set with a fine hold at 5-3. They traded early breaks at the beginning of the second set, and Philip took charge at 1-1, rattling off five games and moving over the top with four straight breaks.

Carried by this boost, Henning delivered a rock-solid performance in the semi-final, beating the eighth seed Antoine Ghibaudo 6-1, 6-1 in 67 minutes, moving into his third Futures final. Philip dropped six points behind the initial shot, never facing a break point and keeping the pressure on the other side.

Ghibaudo failed to follow that pace, losing over half of the points in his games and getting broken five times.

Philip Henning & Federico Coppini, M15 Sharm ElSheik Futures© Federico Coppini

Henning kicked off the action with a break and secured another in the fifth game for 4-1.

Ghibaudo lost served for the third time in the seventh game, allowing Henning to clinch the opener 6-1. Philip stormed over Antoine from 1-1 in the second set, taking five straight games and racing over the finish line. The South African faced the 16-year-old Mees Rottgering and claimed a 6-3, 6-3 win in an hour and 17 minutes, celebrating his second professional title at 23.

Philip served at 72% and overpowered the young gun despite failing to save any of the two break points. It was not enough for Mees to stay competitive, with the 16-year-old losing half of the points in his games and getting broken five times.

Rottgering made a promising start, securing a break in the third game and opening a 2-1 advantage. The young gun squandered four game points in game four, losing serve and bringing Henning to 2-2. Philip delivered two holds at love for 4-3 and clinched a break in game eight for a 5-3 advantage.

Henning served for the opener in game nine and held at love after an ace for 6-3 and a boost. The South African broke at 1-1 in the second set and held at 15 in the next one for 3-1. Rottgering hit a double fault in the fifth game, experiencing another break and falling 4-1 behind, pushing Henning closer to the finish line.

Philip served for the title at 5-2 and experienced a setback, losing serve and keeping a teenager in contention. Henning stayed focused and broke his rival in game nine, sealing the deal and lifting his second professional trophy.

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