Nov. 13, 1997
Paul Haarhuis and tennis commentator Bud Collins after the US Open. (file photo)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Players from Florida State’s 1987 men’s tennis team, featuring current professional tennis player Paul Haarhuis, will take on the current 1997 team in an alumni dual match, 3 p.m. at The Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Haarhuis, ranked No. 3 in the world in doubles, will take on FSU’s current #1 singles player Ty Braswell of Umatilla in a exhibition pro set. The rest of both teams will follow the same format, including three doubles matches as well.
Haarhuis played for FSU two seasons in 1987 and ’88, compiling a 72-9 overall singles record. He also won the first Men’s Intercollegiate Invitational Tennis Championship during his time with the Seminoles. The Metro Conference tabbed him as Most Valuable Player both his seasons in Tallahassee as he won the conference championship in ’87 and ’88. He was inducted into FSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.
Among Haarhuis’ professional accolades were defeating John McEnroe in the first round of the 1989 US Open, his first season on the ATP tour; capturing three grand slam doubles titles at the US Open, Australian Open and French Open, while making it to the finals of last year’s Wimbledon; the world’s No. 1 doubles ranking with Jacco Eltingh during his grand slam run a few years back; owns a 3-1 career record against #1-ranked Pete Sampras.
Joining Haarhuis on the Alumni team are Henner Lenhardt, Scott Shields, Alex Sochin, Randy Hock, Todd Collins and Alex Rucker. The current Seminoles are led by Braswell at No. 1 singles, followed by Yvo Niks, Alex Golub, Davidson Kozlowski, Michael Inghan, Steve Weinstein and Jay Travis. The doubles tandems are Braswell-Niks, Golub-Kozlowski and Gerald Casas-Chad Mooney.
Braswell has been nationally ranked in collegiate singles play and captured the Atlantic Coast Conference No. 2 doubles flight championship with Niks. Admission is free.