Henry Miles | March Sportsperson of the Month

HE'S tried his hand at a lot of different sports, but tennis is the name of the game for the Herald's Scott Petroleum Sportsperson of the Month for March.

Thirteen-year-old Henry Miles has been chosen for the award after a strong end to the tennis season, a season in which he found himself playing against adults.

Henry's love of the game started when he was seven or eight and he started coaching sessions with Ollie Homan.

"I enjoyed it," he said. "My cousins were doing it so I got into it."

With coaching from Homan, over the years Henry's game developed and he is now furthering his career, travelling to Adelaide four times a school term to train at Memorial Drive.

When back in Naracoorte he moved up from the juniors to play a few senior games in the Southern Ports Tennis Association when asked by senior players Will Malone and Chris Eastwood.

He found his feet quickly, winning half of his singles games.

"Some of the adults are pretty tough," Henry said. "Some aren't as tough. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose."

A strong endurance runner, Henry has the tank to go with most adult players and uses his forehand and volleys to his advantage - although he admitted his backhand needs some work.

Current Naracoorte tennis coach Tim Durik has been offering advice to the young rising star.

"He helps me a bit," Henry said.

Outside of his own tennis, Henry is interested in the pro circuit as well - having been to the last two Australian Opens to see some of the best players in the world in action.

"I don't really have a favourite but if I had to pick I'd go with Rafael Nadal," he said.

"He's a fair sport and a good player."

Henry thanked his parents for driving him around to tennis as well as Durik for his coaching and Malone and Eastwood for giving him a chance to play in the senior competition.

He also thanked Scott Petroleum and the Herald for the honour of being Sportsperson of the Month.

- Each Sportsperson of the Month winner receives a $50 fuel voucher courtesy of Scott Petroleum. You can nominate a worthy winner by emailing angus.dearlove@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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