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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Every day in North Scottsdale, even when it's 110 degrees, Nic and Tristan Puehse hit the tennis court for hours on end.
They're 16-year-old fraternal twins, and they have a lofty goal of someday being the best doubles team in the world. Based on where they've been, that goal might be attainable.
What is especially interesting is that tennis is not even their best sport.
There was a time when the Puehse twins were at ease performing tricks in the skateboarding world. They actually were sponsored by Nike and a dozen other major companies. They were just 8 years old at the time.
They picked up skateboarding so fast that they were featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Nightline," CNN and CBS, as well as in a bunch of videos and films. In fact, if go to YouTube and search "skateboard twins," you'll see them in all their glory. You can always check out their website, SkateboardingTwins.com, too.
One day, they decided to hang up their skateboards, giving up what could probably have been pro careers, and instead decided to try their hands at tennis. The initial plan was to take a six-month break from skateboarding and see how they liked tennis. That was three years ago, and they have not looked back.
They are only looking forward, hoping someday to be kings in two very different sports.
Their current plan is to go to college on tennis scholarships and eventually go pro like their role models, Bob and Mike Bryan, identical twins who not only won Olympic gold in 2012, but also have taken more doubles matches, tournaments and Grand Slams than any other team in the world. The Bryans are where the Puehses want to go.
Nic and Tristan are on the champions' radar. In fact, not long after the Puehses took up tennis, they got a tweet of support from the Bryans.
@PuehseTennis keep up the good work guys! We're behind you all the way!— Bob Bryan (@Bryanbros) September 13, 2012