Men's Tennis signs two standouts to National Letters of Intent
Nov. 23, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas head men's tennis coach Michael Center announced Tuesday the signings of Jacob Lewis (Odenville, Ala.) and Soren Hess-Olesen (Billund, Denmark) to National Letters of Intent. Lewis and Hess-Olesen are set to join the Longhorns' men's tennis program in the fall of 2011.
Lewis is the top-ranked high school tennis player in his native Alabama and has been ranked as high as No. 33 among high school seniors by TennisRecruiting.net. He captured the main singles draw at a USTA National Open event last summer in Denver, Colo., before winning a pair of matches in the boys' 18 singles draw at the 2010 USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. Lewis' older brother, John, is a junior on the Texas A&M men's tennis team.
"Jacob will be a great addition to our team," Center said. "He is a very fast learner, and his tennis is improving at a very rapid rate. Without question, Jacob is one of the best athletes I've seen in junior tennis. I think the combination of all those attributes will make him a very successful college player."
Hess-Olesen ranks No. 1 among Danish junior tennis players and is a former Danish 18-and-under national champion in singles and doubles. He has represented his home nation at the Junior Davis Cup and at the 2008 and 2009 European Championships. Hess-Olesen has victories over three ITF top-100 players to his credit. He also claimed the doubles title at the 2009 ITF Danish Junior Cup and was a singles and doubles finalist this month at the Danish Championships.
"Soren will be a great addition to our program," Center said. "He is a tremendous student, athlete and tennis player who will only get better during his time at Texas. I'm really looking forward to Soren joining our program next fall."