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ALEX KNAFF

Player profile

(Updated June 2017)
height
6'5"
year
Freshman
hometown
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
high school
Sportlycee Luxembourg

Fall 2017:

Earned a 7-5 singles record and a 4-2 doubles record in the fall…earned one win over a ranked opponent with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 win over Florida’s McClain Kessler (No. 88)…went 2-1 at the Bedford Cup hosted by Florida State including two straight set victories over Enrique Paya of North Florida and Adriano Soriano of Miami…made it to the semifinals of the ITA Southeast regional at Georgia Tech…defeated Lasse Nyscgeites of North Florida 7-6, 6-3 in round one, took down McClain Kessler of Florida in the second round, beat Fermin Calvo 6-1, 6-0 in the round of 16 and defeated Grayson Goldin of South Florida 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals…made it to the doubles quarterfinals with partner Guy Iradukunda at the Southeast Regional…qualified for the ITA Fall Championships and won one match.

Spring 2017:

Gained valuable experience in first spring season, especially late in the postseason…recorded a 5-5 singles record and a perfect 4-0 doubles record in freshman spring season…stepped into the lineup at courts four through six throughout the year…earned wins over Louisiana, Georgia Southern, NC State, Clemson, and against No. 36 Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Championship…clinched ACC Championship victory over Clemson…defeated Arkansas’ Johan den Toom 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets on court five to lead the Seminoles to victory…in April, traveled to join his native country of Luxembourg in Davis Cup play…won a deciding doubles match in three sets to defeat Macedonia and ensure that Luxembourg would advance to Group II play…in doubles, won one match each with Terrance Whitehurst and Jake Albo…On February 11, played court one doubles with Guy Iradukunda, winning both matches of a doubleheader against George Washington and College of Charleston.

Fall 2016:

Enrolled for the fall semester and competed in the Las Palmas Invitational, Georgia Tech Invitational, Bedford Cup, and ITA Southeast Regional Championship…posted a 4-6 singles record and a 5-4 record in doubles, including singles wins over Georgia and Georgia Tech…went 3-0 in doubles at the Las Palmas Invitational in Puerto Rico along with Guy Iradukunda.

Before FSU

Has played in the Davis Cup three consecutive years representing his native Luxembourg…holds a career-best ITF ranking of 400…won the Nature Element ITF Luxembourg Junior Open in 2015…rated as high as a top 100 recruit by tennisrecruiting.net

Personal

Started playing tennis at the age of five at his father’s club…from Luxembourg but has lived in New York, New York and in France…has traveled to five different continents…son of Carine and Francois Knaff…has a younger brother, Michel…majoring in physics…born November 26, 1997