Heat­ing up for Hard­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - By DENISE S. CAHILL

CHRIS­TIAN Hard­ing (16) re­turned from two suc­cess­ful ITF ju­nior cham­pi­onships in In­done­sia ahead of his de­but with Mosman Park Ten­nis Club last month.

The Christ Church Gram­mar School Year 11 stu­dent was knocked out by the num­ber one seed in round 16 of the sin­gles in Jakarta and teamed up with fel­low Aus­tralian Tom Hann in the dou­bles.

In Surabaya, Hard­ing made the quar­ter­fi­nals in the sin­gles and dou­bles team­ing up with Ry­oma Mat­sushita, who is the num­ber one age player in Ja­pan.

Hard­ing said the hot and op­pres­sive play­ing con­di­tions were a dra­matic change from Perth.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence to un­der­stand the pres­sures of tour­ing, match prepa­ra­tion, im­por­tance of hy­dra­tion and the in­ten­sity of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

Hard­ing will play pen­nants for Mosman Park this sea­son along­side Matt Eb­den and is work­ing to­wards se­cur­ing a ten­nis schol­ar­ship in the US in 2018 as well as spon­sor­ship.

“The im­me­di­ate fo­cus is on fit­ness, se­cur­ing spon­sors, play­ing the Aus­tralian sum­mer tour­na­ments and help­ing Christ Church Gram­mar win the Corr Cup PSA ten­nis for the third year straight,” he said.

CCGS will con­test the Corr Cup against Trin­ity, Scotch and Aquinas col­leges early next year.

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