ACC Doubles Team of the Week w/ Guy Iradukunda- Feb. 13, 2017
Was a mainstay on courts four and five in singles, achieving a 12-3 record… went 10-5 in doubles, playing on all three courts… had a career-high ranking of 59 in singles to start the spring… was ranked as high as 17th in doubles with partner Guy Iradukunda… won his first match of the fall against No. 8 Florida on court four with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 win during the College MatchDay event hosted at the USTA National Center in Lake Nona, Fla. live on the tennis channel (Feb. 3)…defeated Matt Henson of The Citadel on court two 6-2, 6-0 and went 2-0 in doubles during the doubleheader against The Citadel and Florida A&M (Feb. 10)…won both of his doubles matches against New Orleans and Liberty (Feb. 24) in his first doubles matches with partner Sebastian Arcila…defeated No. 50 Clemson’s No. 5 player in three sets in the first ACC match of the season (Mar. 5)…clinched his first match of the season on court five against Miami (Mar. 9) with a 6-2, 6-4 win on court five…clinched the match against Drake with a three-set win on court five (Mar. 16)…helped the Seminoles clinch two ranked matches in the same weekend with a win on court five against No. 23 NC State (Mar. 23) and another win on court five against No. 1 Wake Forest (Mar. 25)…earned his eighth win of the season and second on court four with a three set win over No. 38 Louisville (Mar. 29)…defeated Boston College on court four 6-0, 6-0 (Apr. 13)…earned the Seminoles first point against No. 28 Notre Dame on court five with a 6-3, 6-4 win (Apr. 15)…handed North Carolina’s Blaine Boyden his first loss of the season on court five with a 6-2, 6-2 win (Apr. 20)…gave the Seminoles a 2-1 lead against Duke in the ACC quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-1 win on court five (Apr. 27)…
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.
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.
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.
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
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