Dec. 12, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State men’s tennis has proven it is one of the nations up and coming programs and one of the key factors has been head coach Dwayne Hultquist’s ability to bring in top players from the state of Florida. The Seminoles added to that list on Wednesday, December 12 as Florida State announced that it has signed Vahid Mirzadeh to a grant-in-aid scholarship to play tennis for the Seminoles.
“I think coming in that Vahid is one of the best players we’ve ever had at Florida State,” said Hultquist. “On thing that makes him unique is his doubles experience. He won U.S. Nationals in both the 16 and 18 age group levels.”
The Wellington, Fla. native comes to Florida State with an impressive resume. Mirzadeh won the 2005 U.S. Junior Doubles National Championship which gained him entry into the main draw of the U.S. Open. He reached a high of No. 28 in the ITF World Junior rankings including victories over players such as Donald Young (currently ranked No. 100 on the ATP Tour) and Juan Martin del Potro (ranked as high as No. 44 on ATP Tour).
“He’s got a very good all court game and a great knack for doubles,” said Hultquist. “It’s nice adding someone from the state of Florida who has the reputation that he does.”
With the addition of Mirzadeh, Florida State’s 2008-09 roster will include nine players from the state of Florida which has become one of the selling points for potential recruits.
“I think it is a pretty big factor because right from the get go you have chemistry,” said Mirzadeh. “We’ve competed against each other at the junior level so you don’t need a lot of time to get to know them. We should be able to work well together on the court.”
Mirzadeh comes from a tennis family where both of his brothers Saied and Hamid played at the University of Florida.