TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist announced the signing of Richard Thongoana, the top-ranked ITF junior from South Africa, on Tuesday. Thongoana is the second signing of the 2017 class, joining Chase Wood, the top player from the state of Texas.
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Thongoana checks in at No. 114 in the ITF junior rankings. Thongoana holds a career-high mark of No. 85, achieved in February of 2017.
Thongoana has found high levels of success as a junior, winning the doubles portion of six ITF competitions in the last year, including the 40th African Junior Closed Championships, Junior FTT in Tunis, Tunisia, 18 & Under South/Central Africa Circuit Legs three and one, the Guateng North Junior, and the 39th African Closed Championships. He also won the singles title of the 18 & Under South/Central Africa Circuit Leg 1 and the Curro Junior Week 2, and reached the final round of doubles play in ITF/CAT North African Circuit in Casablanca in 2016.
In both 2014 and 2015, Thongoana represented South Africa in the Junior Davis Cup, advancing to the main draw in both singles and doubles both years. In 2014, Thongoana won all three singles matches to advance out of the playoff into the main draw.
Since 2015, Thongoana has won the singles title of ITF South/Central Circuit 4, and reached doubles final the ITF South/Central Circuit 3 and Circuit 2, the doubles and singles final of NWU Pukke/RVTA ITF 1, and the singles final of the SAS Junior ITF 2.
Thongona continues the African pipeline to Florida State, which includes current players No. 38 sophomore Aziz Dougaz and No. 74 junior Guy Iradukunda, as well as former Seminole All-American Benjamin Lock.
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