TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two talented tennis players in Juan Martin Jalif (Salta, Argentina) and Marcus Walters (Nottingham, United Kingdom /Tyler JC) have inked their National Letters of Intent to play for the Florida State men’s tennis team. Jalif will join the team this spring and Walters will arrive in Tallahassee the for the 2019-20 season.
Jalif, a Salta, Argentina native, will be joining the Noles this January and is looking to make an instant impact. He had a career-high juniors ranking of No. 37 in the world and earned a career-high ranking of 1,639 on the pro tour. Juan Martin was the number one 16U player in South American in 2015 and the best junior tennis player in Argentina in 2016. Jalif was also named Best Sportsman of the Year from 2014-17 in Salta, Argentina.
“Juan Martin Jalif has been ranked as high as 37 in the world in the ITF rankings,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “He has picked up some ATP points and is a very experienced player coming in this spring. He is very driven to be successful in the college system and we welcome him here in January.”
Walters attends Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas where he was ranked No. 1 singles and doubles JUCO player in 2018. Walters was a part of the 2018 Junior College National Championship team as well. He was named the ITA Rookie of the year for the Junior College level and was named to the ITA College All-Star Team in 2018. Walters also made an appearance in the ITA Fall Championships against 64 of the best players in all of college tennis. He advanced to the second round.
As a junior, Walters won British nationals in 2012. He also represented Great Britain at the European winter championships.
“I chose FSU because I believe it’s the best place for me to pursue my goal of going pro and because it felt like home as soon as I arrived on my official visit,” said Walters.
“Marcus Walters is a junior college national champion from England and has a pretty good feel for the college system,” said Hultquist. “He won a national championship at Tyler Junior College, where they have a great tennis program. He has a good all-around game and is an all-court player. He is also a terrific doubles player. I am looking forward to having him on the team next fall.”
Florida State men’s tennis begins its spring season on Jan. 10, 2019 at home in a doubleheader against Georgia Southern and Mercer.
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