In less than a full month of competition at Florida State, the Noles newest addition, freshman Chase Wood has already made an impact. In his first Tournament, the Crimson Tide Four-In-The-Fall, Wood took home the doubles championship with teammate Jose Gracia. Wood captured his second championship of the fall in just his second tournament. Chase claimed the Bedford Cup, becoming the third Seminole to do so. In three tournaments this fall, Chase has earned a 13-6 record and both a singles and a doubles championship. Chase sat down with Seminoles.com and discussed why he came to Florida State and what has made him so successful early in his career.
What made you choose Florida State:
I chose Florida State because both coaches are phenomenal and they can take my game to the next level. I liked the guys on the team a lot and thought I would fit in well with them. The campus and facilities are also really nice.
How long have you been playing tennis:
I have been playing tennis since I was six years old.
Who is/was your biggest tennis influence:
Both my parents and my oldest brother Nick played Division I tennis. So growing up both my parents and my oldest brother influenced me and pushed me to get better every day.
What do you want your tennis legacy to be when you are done at Florida State:
I want to be known as a great leader and a great teammate on and off the court.
What do you contribute to your early success this fall:
I contribute my early success this fall to the coaches and my teammates. I have a lot of individual stuff to work on in my game and coach Dwayne Hultquist and Ryler DeHeart have done a great job of improving my game. Our motto on this team is grit and me and the guys have been working every day to get better and better and are constantly pushing each other to be the best.
How did you feel after you won your first doubles tournament with Jose:
Winning doubles with a senior like Jose (Gracia) was awesome. Jose has had so much success in his doubles career at FSU. It was a lot of fun to get the opportunity to play with him. We had a few tight matches but luckily Jose carried the team on his back.
How did you feel after you won your first singles tournament at the Bedford Cup:
I thought playing in the Bedford Cup was a pretty cool experience. To come out on top and take the singles title was a good accomplishment. It was pretty cool to see our entire team do well that weekend with some of the guys killing it in Tulsa in the All-Americans and then we all did pretty well on home court in the Bedford Cup.