While most students were off on vacation over the summer, the Florida State men’s tennis team was competing and preparing for their upcoming season and life after college.
Across the board the men’s tennis team competed in 44 tournaments including 27 Future events, qualifying 12 times. The Noles were able to round up 105 ATP points this summer and an impressive 11 tournament titles.
“I am really excited about how our guys did over the summer,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “It was such an amazing summer of playing in a lot of tournaments and doing very well. In my 18 years here I don’t ever remember a summer where we picked up so many ATP points. It was great to see that it wasn’t just one guy, but it was a collection of guys who were breaking through and coming up with career highs. I think there is a trend in college tennis that more and more people are playing in pro tournaments in the summer and certainly our results are the best they have ever been and as I look across the country we have been one of the most successful teams on the pro circuit.”
Senior Guy Iradukunda led the Seminoles this summer as he qualified for four out of five Futures events and made it to the semifinals in Decatur, IL.
In total, Guy earned 8 ATP points and climbed to a career high ranking of 1060.
Junior Aziz Dougaz played in the main draw of 8 Futures events based on his career high ATP ranking of 700 last year and took 2 doubles titles along with making appearances in two other semifinals.
“This summer has been great to see Aziz (Dougaz) and Guy (Iradukunda) named to the ITF Summer Circuit team,” said Hultquist. “There were only four guys in the country that were named to that team and two of them were from our team.”
Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain had a memorable summer as well going undefeated in France and beating two top 100 players on his way to capturing five titles. He also won the University Games in France giving him a birth into the prestigious World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan starting next week.
Sophomore Alex Knaff took bronze at the Games of Small States of Europe and qualified for half of his eight Futures events.
Sophomore Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar captured titles in two prize money events in his home country of Norway and made the final in another in Sweden. Bhullar capped off his summer with a perfect 12-0 record in doubles play.
Not every Seminole tennis player was traveling the world playing in pro tournaments, as a few chose to stay in Tallahassee and take summer classes, while training and playing in the ITA summer circuit.
Incoming freshman Chase Wood led the charge for the Garnet and Gold on that front as he went undefeated in 3 events topping the circuit points chart.
“The definition of what the Fall looks like is changing in college tennis and we have tried to make it very attractive to keep their rankings and gain points while they are in college,” said Hultquist. “This fall we will be hosting a Futures tournament in town during the first week of December. We will also be taking our guys to other Futures that are close by. We feel like it is important that they can come into college and continue to work towards becoming a pro tennis player.”
The program will continue to provide their players with more opportunities to play in pro tournaments throughout the fall and spring as Tallahassee will again be hosting the 25K Futures at FSU on December 4th and the 75K Challenger during the week of April 24th.
FSU players will continue to receive wild cards into these events and FSU will be adding more pro events to their schedule each season.