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) 2005 HIGHLIGHTS Future Event in Event in Event in 2004 HIGHLIGHTS JUNIOR HIGHLIGHTS 2003 2002 2001 2000 PERSONAL
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