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Carl Soderlund

Graduate Student
Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm Idrottsgymnasium
High School

2020 Jeff White Feature Story: Soderlund Taking Full Advantage of UVA Experience

2019-20 SEASON

  • CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team, just the second player in men’s tennis’ program history to earn the accolade (announcement release)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 At-Large team (announcement release)
  • Ranked No. 1 in the Preseason ITA Singles rankings, the seventh player in program history to be the top-ranked singles player in the country during their career
  • Member of Sweden’s Davis Cup Team, named to the five-player roster for the qualifier against Chile, held March 6-7 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Is living on The Lawn this year, the first Virginia men’s tennis player to earn that prestigious university honor
  • 2020 ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner,  awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community
  • Repeated as the Virginia athletics department’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Joins Thai-Son Kwiatkowski as the only Cavalier in the history of the award to twice win the honor
  • Advanced to the second round of singles at the Charlottesville Challenger with a three-set victory over No. 381 Ryan Peniston, also making the Round of 16 in doubles while partnering with Brandon Nakashima (11/1)
  • Advanced to the semifinals at the $15K Legacy National Bank NWA Tennis Series tournament in Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Won the singles title at the $15K Koksijde Men’s Trophy ITF World Tennis Tour tournament in Belgium (8/18), his third professional title
  • Competed in qualifying for the ATP 250 tour stop in Bastad, Sweden, but was edged in three sets by No. 53 Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Did not play collegiate tournaments in the fall, recorded a 7-2 mark in singles in the shortened spring season
  • Battled for a 6-7 (7), 7-5, 14-12 win over Bar Botzer on the top court of a non-conference match at Wake Forest (2/9)
  • Logged a dominant 6-1, 6-0 victory over No. 10 Richard Ciamarra of Notre Dame (3/1)
  • Went 7-3 in doubles, ranking as high as No. 35 with partner Matthew Lord
  • VaSID All-State First Team in singles and doubles
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll

2018-19 SEASON

  • ITA Singles All-American
  • ACC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, the sixth player in program history to earn the honor
  • All-ACC First Team, his third time earning all-conference honors and his second-straight year on the first team
  • ACC Men’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year, the sixth time in program history that a Cavalier has won the honor
  • Named the Virginia Athletics Department’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the Hoos Choice awards
  • ITA Atlantic Region Player to Watch
  • All-ACC Academic Team, third time earning the honor in his career
  • Ranked No. 9 in singles in the preseason rankings (Sept. 11), moving up to a No. 3 ranking (April 23); ranked No. 5 in the final singles rankings of the year (May 29)
  • Earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Men’s Singles Championship, but did not compete in the tournament
  • Ranked as high as No. 3 in singles
  • Finished the year with a 20-5 record in singles, including a 9-1 mark in the ACC
  • Clinched five matches for the Cavaliers, including the win over North Carolina in the ACC Semifinals and the win over Stanford in the NCAA Super Regional
  • Named the ACC Men’s Singles Player of the Week (Jan. 29) for his efforts at the ITA Kickoff Weekend matches, including picking up the victory at No. 2 singles to clinch the victory over host Texas A&M
  • Named the ACC Men’s Singles Co-Player of the Week (March 19) after toppling 2018 NCAA Singles Champion Petros Chrysochos in straight sets in the match against Wake Forest. Chrysochos, currently ranked No. 2 in singles, is the highest-ranked opponent that Söderlund has defeated to date
  • Earned his third ACC Men’s Singles Player of the Week honor (April 8 ) after picking up a pair of wins over ranked opponents, including a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win over Miami’s No. 36 Adria Soriano Barrera and No. 39 Lucas Poullain of Florida State
  • Did not play in any collegiate singles matches in the fall, but went 3-0 in doubles
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll
  • ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete
  • VaSID All-State Academic Team

2017-18 SEASON

  • All-ACC First Team
  • All-ACC Academic Team
  • Selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship, but withdrew before the start of the tournament
  • Finished the season with an 11-5 record at No. 1 singles
  • Ranked as high as No. 23 in singles and No. 43 in doubles
  • Named the ACC Doubles Team of the Week (4/17) alongside Matthew Lord after winning a pair of matches on the top court against a pair of ranked opponents, including a 6-1 victory over the No. 17 team of Ian Dempster and Skander Mansouri of Wake Forest
  • Did not play collegiate matches in the fall
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll

2016-17 SEASON – ITA National Team Indoor Champions, NCAA Team Champions

  • ITA Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year
  • All-ACC Second Team
  • All-ACC Academic Team
  • VaSID State Rookie of the Year
  • ITA Scholar-Athlete
  • Started his collegiate career with 13-straight singles victories
  • Sidelined after ITA Indoors with an injury, returned to the court April 7 vs. Virginia Tech
  • Top player in the preseason ITA National Freshman/Newcomer rankings
  • Runner-up at the $25,000 Los Angeles Futures tournament (1/7)
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the Los Caballeros USTA $10,000 Men’s Futures Tournament in Fountain Valley, Calif. (10/01) and the semifinals at the Long Beach Futures (1/14)
  • Advanced to the second round of the Charlottesville Challenger (11/01)
  • Initially named to the Swedish Davis Cup team’s six-player roster for its Europe/Asia Group I Relegation Round matches against The Netherlands on Sept. 16-18 in Bastad, Sweden, but did not join the team
  • 2016 year-end ATP singles ranking of 454


  • Before heading to UVA, reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of 399 (7/11)
  • Won his first professional tournament, taking the singles title at the Collector Norwegian Open, a $10,000 Futures event in Oslo, Norway in November of 2015
  • Won his second professtional singles crown in May 2016 at the Rising Star Tour Futures Tournament in Karlskrona, Sweden
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 Bastad Challenger after coming back from down a set against World No. 159 Daniel Gimeno-Traver
  • Earned a wildcard into the ATP 250 Swedish Open. In his ATP Tour main draw debut, he downed Fred Simonsson to advance to the Round of 16
  • Advanced out of qualifying at the Liberec Challenger in the Czech Republic before falling in the first round in a third-set in a tiebreaker (August 2016)
  • Represented Sweden in the 2014 European National Championships


  • Parents are Stefan and Charlotte Rylander Söderlund
  • Has three older sisters, Kim, Mica and Louise Söderlund
  • Lived on the Lawn his senior year; lives on the Range for his graduate year
  • Graduated in May 2020 with a BA in Commerce
  • Enrolled in a masters program in the McIntire School of Commerce for 2020-21


Singles Doubles
Year Overall Dual ACC Overall Dual ACC
 2016-17  15-3  15-3  7-0  7-5  7-5  2-1
 2017-18  13-5  13-5  7-4  8-7  8-7  8-3
 2018-19  20-5  20-5  9-1  12-11  9-11  5-4
 2019-20  7-2  7-2  2-0  7-3  7-3  1-1
Career  55-15  55-15   25-5   34-26  31-26   16-9