Kaden Hensel picked up where he left off in 2009, continuing his impressive doubles form.
Kaden began playing tennis at the age of four with his father, Hans, who is a geoscientist. His mother, Cheryl, is a dispute resolution manager at Bond University.
He enjoys the competitive nature of the sport and its mental and physical challenges. His hero is Pat Rafter because of the way he competed and the respect that he has earned on and off the court.
Kaden attended the University of Tennessee and is an exponent of the US college system. He achieved NCAA All American status in 2007 and 2008 for singles and doubles and his favourite event is the NCAA Tournament, likening the atmosphere to that of the Davis Cup and Grand Slams. Kaden’s most memorable moment was playing No.1 for his university against defending champions, the Georgia Bulldogs, in the last home match of his college career and winning the decider to break Georgia’s 48-match winning streak.
Kaden’s biggest influence is former American world No.29 Chris Woodruff who is now associate head coach for men’s tennis at the University of Tennessee.
Off court, Kaden enjoys playing golf, table tennis and cricket.