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Promising Swede Carl Soderlund will join Virginia Cavaliers this fall

Promising Swede Carl Soderlund will join Virginia Cavaliers this fall

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by Roxana Jo

Precisely on his 19th birthday, Carl Söderlund from Stockholm, Sweden, has agreed to join the defending champions Virginia Cavaliers this fall, getting a chance to compete with the best collegiate players and also a high-quality education.

Tall guy (188 cm) born in 1997 has already won two Futures titles, having a career-best ranking this week, standing at 620th place. He played 11 Futures so far in a career and he also gets the opportunity to experience some ATP level atmosphere, competing in the qualifications for Bastad and Stockholm.

He didn't play in too many ITF junior events, never entering Top 250 at that level. Carl showed his potential in 2011 at U14 tournaments, beating the players like Oliver Anderson and Kenneth Raisma, and also in 2014 in lower-ranked U18 ITF events.

At the end of 2015, he won his first Futures title in Norway and after a slow start this season he managed to win another one at home in Sweden few weeks ago, this time on clay. He worked at Good to Great Tennis Academy in Järfälla under famous Swedish player Joakim Nystrom.

He is pumped and thrilled after receiving this chance to play in the most prominent College men's tennis team over the last few years : "I'm very excited to come over to the U.S. and play for UVA.

I want to compete with the best in order to get better and I feel that playing at Virginia is where I can really accomplish that. The coaches are great. They have a really good mindset with how they think about tennis and the way they develop different skills really impressed me.

With all the resources and knowledge they have, I can't think of anywhere better to go to develop not just only on the tennis court but as a person." Virginia head coach Brian Bolland was also excited after signing Carl: "We are thrilled for Carl to join the Virginia tennis family.

Carl is one of the most accomplished tennis players to ever join our program. He has already won two professional Futures events, which makes him undoubtedly one of the best juniors in the world. More importantly, Carl is a person with high character, a reflection of his family, and I believe he will enhance our culture on and off the court.

Carl is also serious about his academics as he comes from a family where academics are highly valued. It is safe to say that Carl will be an excellent fit and will strengthen the culture that we try to foster at Virginia. We are excited to see him wear the orange and blue and watch him continue to develop his own skills while making everyone around him better." ALSO READ: David Mullins steps down as a head coach at Oklahoma, retiring from collegiate coaching .

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