April 17, 2006 - by

FSU Men’s Tennis Signs The State of Florida’s No. 1 Juniors Player, Jean Yves Aubone

April 17, 2006

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State men’s tennis head coach Dwayne Hultquist completed and inked the most prominent class of his career today, as Miami native Jean-Yves Aubone signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Florida State University in the fall. Considered the No. 1 juniors player in Florida and ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation in the USTA singles national rankings, Aubone ultimately picked FSU over No. 1 Georgia, No. 5 Illinois, and No. 10 Miami.


“First off, going to FSU was a dream of mine as a little kid,” Aubone said. “They were always my first choice. There is also a huge winning tradition throughout the whole university in sports and it was something that I wanted to be a part of. I am also a huge fan of doubles and the program’s focus on it really caught my attention.”

On March 30, the Tennis Recruiting Network (tennisrecruiting.net) ranked FSU with the No. 9 incoming class thanks to future Seminole standouts Bobby Deye and Bradley Mixson. With the addition of Aubone – who is considered a Blue Chip Recruit by the online journal – the Seminoles will likely have the No. 1 incoming class in the country come next season.

The writer of the Tennis Recruiting Network article, Dallas Oliver, said: “[Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist and assistant Nick Crowell] did a great job keeping the in-state boys home.”

“Jean-Yves Aubone (pronounced Jon-EEs OW-bone-ay) brings us another Florida player,” an ecstatic Hultquist said. “I think one thing that is special about Jean Yves is we have wanted him and have known him for a very long time. He has always liked Florida State and we have a great relationship with him. Jean Yves has great potential and is a very hard worker. Also, his dad is a tennis pro so he has learned great skills from his father.”

Aubone is considered one of the most talented juniors in the nation and has had success at many of the USTA’s most prestigious junior events. His 2004 highlights include reaching the singles semifinals at the boys’ 18 USTA National Clay Court Championships and the doubles semifinals at the boys’ 16 USTA National Hard Court Championships. In 2003, he won the boys’ 16 doubles title at the Hard Courts, reached the singles final at the boys’ 16 Clay Courts and advanced to the doubles final at the boys’ 16 Orange Bowl.

Aubone was chosen to represent the United States in the 16-and-under Junior Davis Cup competition in 2004. He went undefeated in both singles and doubles at the North/Central America and Caribbean Regional Qualifying Junior Davis Cup in May and led Team USA to a sixth-place finish at the Junior Davis Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, in late September. In 2005, he qualified for the main draw singles in the F11 Professional Future Event in Florida.

According to Aubone, he felt right at home when he made his recruiting trip up to Tallahassee.

“The one thing that really caught my attention about Dwayne and Nick was their calmness,” Aubone said. “Whenever I am around coached as calm as them I feel comfortable. I end up responding better to their coaching and I play much better tennis. The players on the team are amazing. They have such a good connection with each other. They are friends on and off the court. The team is real easy to be around and get along with.”

“We knew that Jean Yves had the opportunity to go to a lot of great schools,” Hultquist said. “I think it helped that we consistently sought after him and the fact that he and Mixson practice together at times helped our cause. I think the two of them talked about going to the same school so it worked out for us. All three of our incoming freshmen should make a very large impact on our program in the near future. I don’t think Nick and I could be more thrilled.”

Aubone, who attends Laurel Springs, is the son of Willie and Ana.

“Ever since I was a kid I was a huge Florida State fan,” Aubone said. “The first football game I can remember watching as a kid was when Charlie Ward and Warrick Dunn played on the national championship team. They are by far my favorite sports team. To finally be a Nole is an indescribable feeling.”

 


2003 – *3 (USTA 14s), *4 (USTA 16s), 1023 (ITF)
2002 – *3 (USTA 14s)
2001 – *4 (USTA 12s), *26 (USTA 14s)
* Denotes highest ranking achieved during the year.


 


2005 HIGHLIGHTS



  • Qualified for the Main Draw Singles in the 2005 F11 Professional

Future Event in Florida



  • Qualified for the Main Draw Singles in the 2005 F1 Professional Future

Event in Ecuador



  • Quarterfinalist Main Draw Doubles in the 2005 F28 Professional Future

Event in Hawaii


 


2004 HIGHLIGHTS



  • Reached the first ITF singles final of his career at the Chanda Rubin Evert American ITF Jr Circuit.

  • Was a singles quarterfinalist at the Canadian ITF Championships 2.

  • Competed for Team USA (with Marcus Fugate and Spencer Vegosen), which finished in sixth place, at the Junior Davis Cup competition for players’ aged 16-and-under in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the U.S. Junior International Hard Court Championships.

  • Reached the boys’ 16 doubles semifinals (with Alexander Clayton) at the USTA National Hard Court Championships.

  • Was a member of Team USA (with Dylan Arnould and Donald Young), which won the North/Central America and Caribbean Regional Qualifying Junior Davis Cup… Went undefeated in both singles (1-0) and doubles (2-0) in the competition.

  • Reached the singles semifinals at the USTA National Clay Court Championships.

  • Advanced to the semifinals at the First Caribbean International Bank International Junior Championships.

  • Won the doubles title (with Alex Stone) at the Tournoi International Junior de St Francois.

  • Reached the singles semifinals at the IBM ITF Junior Circuit.

  • Was a doubles quarterfinalist (with Pavol Cervenak) at the 26th Gerdau Tennis Cup.

JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS


2003



  • Finished runner-up in doubles (with Jesse Levine) at the boys’ 16 Orange Bowl.

  • Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Jesse Levine) at the Chanda Rubin American ITF Jr Circuit, Evert.

  • Won the doubles title (with Donald Young) at The El Paso Youth Tennis Centre ITF Tournament… Also advanced to the singles quarterfinals, where he lost to Young.

  • Reached the doubles final (with Jesse Levine) and the singles round of 16 at the Chanda Rubin American ITF Junior Classic – Texas.

  • Won the boys’ 16 doubles title (with Jesse Levine) at the USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.

  • Finished runner-up in singles at the boys’ 16 USTA Super National Clay Court Championships.

  • Reached the singles semifinals and doubles quarterfinals (with Henrique Viana) at the boys’ 16 25th Milo Cup.

  • Advanced to the singles semifinals at the boys’ 16 Asuncion Bowl.

2002



  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the boys’ 14 USTA Super National Clay Court Championships.

  • Won the boys’ 14 singles title at Peach State and FS Designated # 1.

  • Finished runner-up at the boys’ 14 Gator Bowl and FS Designated # 2.

  • Advanced to the boys’ 16 doubles semifinals (with Christian Guevara) at the Florida Open.

  • Reached the boys’ 16 singles semifinals at the FS Sectionals.

  • Was a boys’ 16 singles quarterfinalist at the USTA National Open Championships.

2001



  • Reached the boys’ 16 singles semifinals at the FTA Designated # 4.

  • Was a boys’ 14 finalist at the FTA Designated, a semifinalist at the FTA Designated and a quarterfinalist at the FTA Sectionals and Peach State.

2000



  • Won boys’ 12 singles titles at the FTA Sectionals and Peach State.

PERSONAL



  • Began playing tennis at age 2.

  • Father, Willie, coaches Jean-Yves. Mother, Ana. Brother, Patrick.

  • Is an all-court player with a solid volley.

  • Favorite playing surface is clay court.

  • Favorite tennis player is Roger Federer.

  • Enjoys chatting online, hanging out with friends and traveling.

  • Favorite place to visit is France.

  • If not involved in tennis, says he would be a football player.

 


 


 


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