Aug. 4, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Not content with just reaching the Round of 16 this past spring, the Florida State men’s tennis team has been working hard in the offseason to improve and build on last year’s successes. Clint Bowles and Jean-Yves Aubone have been competing in various USTA Pro Circuit Events, and freshmen Anderson Reed and Connor Smith have also been developing their skills in numerous tournaments.
Bowles, a junior from Tampa, Fla., has been busy on the courts with numerous stints. The two-time All-ACC selection is continuing to improve his game at USTA Pro Circuit Futures events throughout the country. After going 1-2 in his first two tournaments, he turned his game around over the next two events by going 7-0 in qualifying draw matches and 3-2 in main draw matches. In the main draw at an event in Peoria, Ill., he defeated No.1 seed Tigran Martiosyan 7-5 2-6 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinal before losing to Roy Kalmanovich. On the doubles side, Bowles has won at least one match in all three tournaments he’s entered, advancing to the semifinals at the Futures event in Pittsburgh.
“Clint is having a great summer by getting to the quarterfinals and qualifying for three others, and also making the semifinals in doubles,” said FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “He is now the highest he’s ever been ranked on the ATP Tour.”
Aubone (Miami, Fla.), a two-time All-American, has also continued training throughout the summer by competing in two USTA Pro Circuit Futures tournaments. Aubone has posted a 1-2 singles record in those events, as well as reaching the quarterfinals both times in doubles.
While Bowles and Aubone travel the country, the 2009-10 team is also gaining experience from players that have yet to don the Garnet and Gold.
Reed, a native of Daphne, Ala., advanced to the finals in doubles at the USTA Boys National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla. before falling 6-2, 7-6.
Smith, a Tampa, Fla., native, defeated Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3, 6-2 in winning the USTA National Opens in Naples, Fla. As the No. 1 seed, Smith also progressed to the finals in the USTA Florida Closed Sectional before falling to Gonzales Austin 6-3, 7-6.
Both Reed and Smith will be competing in the upcoming USTA Boys National Tennis Championships in Kalamazoo, MI from August 7-16.