Eritrean-American Tennis star at the University of Texas Siem Woldeab starts of 2023 with a bang.

Eritrean-American Tennis standout at the University of Texas has already accomplished some great results for 2023. The NCAA Division 1 tennis season is underway and the junior for the Longhorns is doing wonders for his team.

Ranked No. 13 in singles, Siem Woldeab helped the Longhorns defeat No. 13 Florida, 5-2, to open dual match play. Siem, a 2022 doubles All-American with Eliot Spizzirri, began the match by earning a doubles point with new partner Pierre-Yves Bailly as they downed the 43rd-ranked duo of Jonah Braswell and Lukas Greif, 6-1, to be the first team off the court. The junior then picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win over Greif at No. 4 singles to once again be the first off the court and give the Longhorns a 2-0 lead.

Images from the Texas Longhorns vs. Florida Gators tennis match on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, FL. [Matt Pendleton/Texas Athletics]

Siem whose sister Winta plays at Ivy league Columbia University in New York has garnered a Big 12 weekly award in 2022 and now has earned two big awards in his career as he gets another one in the short lived 2023 season. Siem’s potential to be one of the best players in the country is high. In an age when a role model Tennis star for men’s tennis is needed this young man has exemplified his ability to focus on his education while playing top notch tennis in one of the biggest Universities in the world. Siem and his family are based in San Diego California where Siem was able to become a great tennis star along with his siblings after moving to the USA from Eritrea. Meanwhile here is Siem’s timeline of the amazing accomplishments:

• 2022 ITA All-American (doubles with Eliot Spizzirri)
• Selected to the 2022 NCAA Championships draw for doubles as a 5-8 seed (with Eliot Spizzirri)
• 2022 Second-Team All-Big 12 (doubles/Eliot Spizzirri)
• 2022 Big 12 All-Tournament Team (No. 2 doubles)
• 2022 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
• 2021 ITA All-American (doubles with Eliot Spizzirri)
• Selected to the 2021 NCAA Championships draw for doubles (with Eliot Spizzirri)
• Unanimous 2021 First-Team All-Big 12 (doubles/Eliot Spizzirri)
• 2021 Second-Team All-Big 12 (singles)

• 2021 Big 12 All-Tournament Team (No. 3 singles)
• 2021 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
• 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Second Team
• Flight 1 Doubles Champion of the 2021 Alabama Spring Shootout
• Doubles Champion at the 2020 Big 6 Fall Invite (Eliot Spizzirri)
• Tabbed the 2020 ITA Texas Region Rookie of the Year
• 2019-20 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team
• Signed his commitment to compete for The University of Texas Men’s Tennis program in November 2018

As the 2023 season is just starting out, we wish Siem a great season along with his team the University of Texas Longhorns. Watch out for this Eritrean-American as we may see him in the pro circuit very soon.


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