April 13, 2022 - by

Andy Petrovic: Finding the Right Fit with FSU Men’s Tennis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Andreja Petrovic, a junior on the Florida State men’s tennis team, has always been playing tennis and continues to adjust to find the best place for him to succeed.

Originally from Norway, Petrovic began playing tennis at six years old and began playing at a more professional level at age 11. A few years later, his family decided to move to Serbia, where his parents are from, to allow Petrovic to play at a higher level surrounded by greater talent.

As Petrovic represented Norway in international tournaments, he proved his ability to compete among elite athletes. In 2019, Petrovic won the Norwegian National Championships during his final year of high school. From there, he knew that his next step was collegiate tennis.

“College in the U.S. is the only place in the world where you can play a sport and also study,” Petrovic explained.

In the fall of 2019, Petrovic began life as a student-athlete at the University of North Dakota. During the shortened 2020 season, Petrovic finished 9-1 in singles, all on court one. While winning is enjoyable, it was not fully satisfying for Petrovic which led him to adjust again.

“I transferred to Florida State because I wanted to come to a better school where tennis was at a higher level in a better conference,” Petrovic said.

Since becoming a Seminole, Petrovic has faced nationally ranked opponents and been challenged by his teammates and coaches to improve every day.

“When we recruited Andy, he was at a smaller school but proving that he was going to win every day at the top of the lineup,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist shared. “I felt like Andy had the work ethic and love of the game that he would be a good fit for us.”

As expected from Hultquist, Petrovic has found a home with Florida State. His favorite part about playing at FSU is representing the school as a true Seminole. The community surrounding him has been instrumental in building a supportive home while thousands of miles away from his family.

“My teammates have a huge impact on me,” Petrovic said. “We keep pushing each other every day. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”

“He represents the team and is very team-oriented,” Hultquist added. “He loves it when the team does well.”

In his first season at FSU, Petrovic earned 18 total wins including a five-match winning streak in singles to finish the season. He defeated the 79th-ranked player in the nation during the 2021 ACC Tournament.

Currently, Petrovic is 11-8 in singles this season primarily on court two and is third on the team in singles wins. With three different partners, Petrovic is 9-6 in doubles, including a perfect 4-0 with Loris Pourroy.

Petrovic has continued to represent Norway as a member of the Davis Cup team, the premier international team event in men’s tennis. He also recently competed in the 2022 ATP Cup at the start of the year.

“Playing for your country is a huge thing,” Petrovic shared. “Only the five best players in the country get picked, so it’s a huge privilege, and I hope I can do it more often.”

After finishing his degree at Florida State, Petrovic hopes to play professional tennis.

Up Next

No. 31 Florida State men’s tennis has two more matches remaining in the regular season. The Seminoles travel to face No. 67 Clemson Thursday at 5 p.m. and No. 58 Georgia Tech Saturday at 12 p.m.

The Noles are 25-21 all-time against Clemson and lead the all-time series against Georgia Tech 37-32.

Live stats and live streaming will be available for the match at Clemson.

Live stats and live streaming will be available for the match at Georgia Tech.

For more information on the Seminole Men’s Tennis program, check Seminoles.com and follow us on social media at FSUMTennis (IG) and @FSU_MTennis (TW).

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