Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State Men’s Tennis Program added two highly talented tennis players earlier today in the class of 2020. Five-star recruit John Bernard from Bonita Springs, Fla. and four-star recruit Maks Silagy from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. signed their National Letters of Intent to play for Florida State on Wednesday, November 13.
Bernard will be joining the Noles next fall and is looking to make an instant impact on the team. He is a five-star recruit who had a career-high ranking of No. 26 nationally and fourth in the state of Florida. Bernard was a highly recruited prospect who has remained committed to Florida State University since his verbal decision to join the tennis program.
“What I am looking forward to about Florida State is growing as a person, being able to improve as a tennis player and getting to know the team and people there,” said Bernard. “I chose Florida State because I liked the history of the school and I enjoyed everyone when I went on my visit. They have had good success in tennis over the past few years, so that is something I am very excited to be a part of.”
“John has been one of the top players in Florida for the last several years and is one of the best tennis players in the nation,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We really feel like he has a really good all-around game and a great work ethic. He will be an outstanding addition to the team next year.”
Fellow Floridian, Silagy, will be joining Bernard next fall on the Florida State men’s tennis team. The four-star recruit has a career-high ranking of No. 118 nationally along with and a career-high ranking of No. 23 in the southeast and No. 13 in the state of Florida. Silagy’s recent commitment completed the Seminoles recruiting class of 2020.
“When I went on my official visit I was extremely impressed by the facilities and everything coach Hultquist and Coach Doerr had to offer,” said Silagy. “I also had the opportunity to meet President Thrasher. I have enormous respect for his leadership advancing Florida State to number 18 among top public colleges and universities in the nation. I am so excited to be a part of the family and I’m looking forward to the next 4 years. I’m proud to be a Nole!”
“Maks comes from the IMG Academy, we are thrilled to have a player coming from there,” said Hultquist. “I would have to say he is one of the most improved players in the entire country over the last couple of years. We see his game being able to continue to get better and we are looking forward to having him on the team next fall.”
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