Athlete Spotlight: Philip Hjorth
by Malavika Raj
Philip Hjorth is a freshman tennis player originally from Hoersholm, Denmark.
Q: What is your major ?
A: International Business
Q: What are some pre-game rituals you and the tennis team take part in?
A: I usually write down goals and objectives in my notebook for the match. With the team, we always put music on in the locker room.
Q: How do you handle the pressure of solo performance during a match while being part of a team?
A: It comes down to locking it down in the given moment. I like to set up a plan and try to execute that plan and committing to what I want.
Q: How long have you been playing tennis?
A: I have played tennis since I was four years old. So, that’s about 16 years. But, on top of that I have been with a tennis racket and a ball in my hand since I was a baby.
Q: What sparked your interest in the sport?
A: My mom played professionally. She made finals for Wimbledon. Originally, I played soccer, and got injured, so I started playing tennis. I was born into it.
Q: Where have you played internationally?
A: I have been to every continent, except Antarctica. I’ve travelled to South America, North America, Europe, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines.
Q: What is it like to be travelling constantly?
A: You get used to living out of a suitcase and carrying what you need and that’s your life and your home. I was living by myself in Spain, while my family lived in Denmark.
I was already absent from home. So, for probably 2-3 weeks a month I would be away from Spain.
I probably went back to Denmark in total for a month to a month and a half a year.
Q: What made you chose Pacific to continue your tennis career?
A: I had a great opportunity to come over and work for the coach as our head coach. College was a great opportunity to get a degree and still have the chance to pursue tennis.
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