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Young Danish tennis starlet eyeing professional life

Søren Hess-Olesen making waves in the US

Søren Hess-Olesen has been UT’s most successful player in decades (photo: University of Texas)
April 1st, 2015 2:23 pm| by Christian W

For now, when it comes to Danish tennis, Caroline Wozniacki is the only name that raises eyebrows. But that could change in the future with the emergence of Søren Hess-Olesen.

Hess-Olesen, who currently plays college tennis for the University of Texas, is ranked number one in the national singles rankings on the US college circuit and is preparing to turn professional after the summer.

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Playing with Roddick
The Aarhus youngster has set its sights on playing in the World TeamTennis professional league for the Austin Aces, which includes the US tennis legend Andy Roddick on its roster.

“Aside from a high level of training, it would be awesome to speak to someone who has been at the top of tennis, so I can learn what it takes to remain dedicated every day. It would mean a lot,” Hess-Olesen told Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

“I’ve dreamed of this for many years, but I haven’t set myself specific goals for what I want to achieve as a professional. Generally speaking, I want to break into the top 200 quickly so I can attend the big tournaments.”

Hess-Olesen, who is the reigning Big 12 regular season champion, reached the NCAA Singles Championship semi-final last year – the first time a University of Texas athlete has done so in 21 years.