Sept. 4, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After going to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year in 2009, Florida State men’s tennis is eager to get back out on the courts and show that they are among the best in the country. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) agrees, placing three Seminoles on their preseason poll.
Jean-Yves Aubone is positioned to continue to prove his talent on the courts as he is ranked among the ITA top eight for both singles and doubles. The two-time All-American’s No.8 ranking in singles is the highest in school history. After qualifying for the NCAA Doubles Championships a year ago, the doubles team of Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh rank No. 7 to start 2009.
Clint Bowles, a native of Tampa, Fla., starts out his 2009-10 campaign ranked No. 33 in the country in singles. Bowles looks to build upon a successful sophomore season where he went 25-18 in qualifying for the NCAA Singles Championship.
Mirzadeh, a senior from Wellington, Fla., is the third Seminole selection on the ITA preseason singles poll. He went an impressive 14-6 in singles play in 2008-09, but it is in doubles that Mirzadeh has really been dominant. The pair of Aubone and Mirzadeh went 12-6 together en route to a berth in the NCAA Doubles Championships.
“It excites me to have a singles and a doubles team in the top 10,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I believe it’s the first time that’s happened in school history and I’m really proud of them. I’m also really pleased that Clint and Vahid are ranked in singles. I’m really looking forward to getting off to a good start here in the fall season.”
Due to their impressive rankings, these Seminoles have qualified to play in the upcoming D’Novo/ITA Men’s All-American Championships from October 5-11. Aubone and Bowles are in the main draw for singles, and Aubone and Mirzadeh are paired up in the main draw for doubles. Mirzadeh is also placed in the qualifying draw for singles. Despite not making it on the preseason rankings, freshmen Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) and Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) have been invited to participate in the tournament as well. Reed will play in the singles pre-qualifying draw at the tournament, while Smith will team up with Bowles in the qualifying draw for doubles.
The Seminoles will kick off the fall season with the Thomasville Invitational in Thomasville, Ga., on September 11-13. Look to Seminoles.com for more information.