July 27, 2007
Delray Beach, Fla. – Florida State incoming freshman Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) can now be called National Champion after his victory in the USTA Boys’ 18 Clay Court National Championships in Delray Beach, Florida on Sunday afternoon.
Bowles needed only 44 minutes to dispatch fifth seeded Bradley Klahn 6-2, 6-0, winning the last 11 games of the match.
“I’ve done it before, so I wasn’t too nervous, I knew what to expect in the finals,” said Bowles. “I was pretty used to the atmosphere, so (I think) I handled it pretty well. It’s awesome that I won, I’m very happy and excited.”
Bowles became the first unseeded player to win the event and with the victory the future Seminole earned a wild-card into the ATP’s International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach next February. That would mean Bowles could have the opportunity to face a big name player like Andy Roddick or James Blake.
“That’s awesome, I hope to play Andy Roddick first round,” Bowles stated, “It’ll be a first for me, but it’ll be a great experience.”
The soon-to-be Seminole signed a letter of intent with Florida State in November of 2006 and has been on a roll ever since. Bowles won the 2007 USTA Florida Junior State Closed Championships in June without dropping a set. FSU men’s tennis coach Dwayne Hultquist is delighted with Bowles development.
“I don’t remember us having an 18 and under National Champion,” said Hultquist. “I’m excited at how his game’s developed coming into college. It’s a pretty good feather in your cap. You’ll always be a National Champion.”
With a National Title under his belt Bowles is ready for Florida State and is excited about being a Seminole.
“I’m so excited,” Bowles said, “I’ve been waiting for a long time.”
Now it’s time to wait and see if the freshman can help lead Florida State to a college National Championship.