Seeing Robert Henry compete up close during the season might cause players from the boys' tennis teams situated in the Pacific League to shutter.
What they see is what they get when facing the determined Henry, whose athleticism and creativity give him an edge that he maintains during most sets. Henry, a member of the Burroughs High tennis team, doesn't let anything derail him, from the opening serve to set-point.
Nobody understood that better than Burbank Coach Loi Phan.
"[Former Burbank singles tennis player] Arthur Karagezian said last year that he's so tough to play against," Phan said of Henry. "He's very athletic and he can get the ball back.
"When he's out there, he presents a lot of problems. He's gotten bigger and he's got more power than before. He just goes out there and does what he needs to beat you."
Karagezian was a two-time league singles champion.