Feb. 11, 2008
Delray Beach, Fla.- Florida State freshman Clint Bowles may not have been victorious in his ATP Tour debut, but his performance certainly gave him something to build upon. Bowles lost to Chile’s Paul Capdeville 6-2, 6-4 at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Monday afternoon.
“I thought Clint [Bowles] really held his own out there,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “He hit some great shots out there and now he knows he has what it takes to be competitive in a match at this level.”
“It was good, I know I’m not too far from that level,” said Bowles. “It’s a matter of improving on my weaknesses and working hard to get better.”
Bowles was able to hold his own against the world’s 105th ranked player in Capdeville. On a windy day in Delray Beach, the Tampa, Fla. native was able to get past his nerves and put together a quality match.
“At the beginning I was pretty nervous, but I don’t think I showed it too much,” said Bowles. I held my composure and I’m happy with my performance. It’s a confidence booster to know that I can play with anyone.”
Bowles and the Seminoles are back on the court Saturday, February 23 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center as FSU welcomes Pepperdine to Tallahassee at 1:00 p.m.