Nov. 8, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team has announced the signing of Clint Bowles from Tampa, Fla. to a National Letter of Intent. Bowles, who will graduate from Florida Virtual School in 2007, is currently ranked as the number two men’s tennis recruit in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net.
“I’m definitely excited to come to Florida State and play on the tennis team,” said Bowles. “It was a long process to decide what school and I felt that Florida State was the place for me. It wasn’t really one big thing it was a bunch of little things. The coaches are great, they do a lot for the players and care a lot about the program. I know almost all of the guys on the team pretty well and I think we can help each other out to work hard on and off the court.”
“We are really excited about Clint (Bowles) signing,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We have had him targeted for a couple of years as the guy that we really wanted. We really like his attitude, competitive nature, we like how his game can really improve and he is a good athlete too. He is the kind of guy that we want in our program as far as being ambitious with his tennis and also willing to work hard. He is just a great competitor and I think he is going to bring a lot to our team.”
Bowles’ recent tournament success includes winning three singles matches to advance into the round of 16 at USTA B18, 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., August 4-14, 2006. In April of 2006, Bowles advanced into the semifinals in singles at The Easter Bowl in Palm Springs, Calif. At the USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif. he advanced into the singles semifinals and doubles finals. In January he competed at the Copa Gatorade tournament in Caracas, Venezuela where he advanced into the semifinals in doubles and the quarterfinals in singles. In March of 2005, Bowles won the B18 Spring National Championship in Mobile, Ala.
In 2006, he was ranked 28th in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Boy’s 18 and under and third in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Boy’s 18 and under. Along with being the second highest rated recruit in the country by tennisrecruiting.net, he is the top rated recruit in Florida and in the Southeast region of the U.S.
Bowles was born November 16, 1988 and is a left handed player. He selected Florida State over Florida and Georgia.