Nov. 2, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – One of the best tennis players ever to come out of FSU and six-time Grand Slam champion, Paul Haarhuis, will return to his alma mater this weekend for men’s tennis alumni festivities.
Haarhuis, who will be introduced between the third and fourth quarters at the Florida State football game, plans to join over 30 men’s tennis alumni for events that include competing against current Seminoles.
Considered around the world as one of the top tennis players of all-time, Haarhuis was a tennis professional from 1988 until June of 2003 and finished his career with earnings well over 7.7 million. Though he was an outstanding singles player, he is best known for his success in doubles action. In Haarhuis’ career, he has won one singles title and 54 doubles titles, including six Grand Slam championships. In 1998 he and partner Jacco Eltingh won the 1998 Wimbledon title and the two of them reached No. 1 world rankings in 1994 and 1998. During his 14-year run on the ATP tour, Haarhuis won three French Open titles, one championship at Wimbledon, the US Open and Australian Open. He won his lone singles title in 1995 during an event in Jakara. Ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles on Jan. 31, 1994, he claimed his last doubles title in 2003 when he captured his third French Open championship. The very next year he reached his highest singles ranking, holding the No. 18 spot in the world on Nov. 6.
Haarhuis earned an economics degree from Florida State in 1988 and he considers himself a huge follower of FSU football. Paul competed in the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 and the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, reaching the semi-finals in doubles during the Atlanta Games.
He was inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. Haarhuis ended his collegiate tennis career with a 72-9 overall singles record.