After falling short a week ago at the ITA All-American Championship’s singles draw, junior North Carolina men’s tennis player Ebsen Hess-Olesen was eager to make his return to the court.
Hess-Olesen, who received an automatic bid to play in the main draw at the tournament in Tulsa, lost in the first round to Baylor’s Julian Lenz 7-6(4), 7-5. But despite losing that match, which was his first of the season, the junior went into this weekend’s Wake Forest Invitational feeling confident about his game.
“I was injured and having problems with my back for a while, so all things considered, I think I had a good tournament (last week),” Hess-Olesen said. “It was hard to have big expectations going in, but it was certainly good practice and I felt good about the way I was playing.
“I felt loose from the start and I wasn’t nervous. I try not to let the pressure get to me, I don’t want it to impact my game.”
Hess-Olesen and his partner, sophomore Brett Clark, started out the weekend by defeating Stetson’s doubles pair 8-1 in the first round of the A doubles draw. The duo continued their success against Duke and UNC-Greensboro in the next two rounds, winning 8-6 and 8-3, respectively.