TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Visit Tallahassee Futures presented by Hancock Whitney Bank will be hosted at the Florida State Indoor Tennis Courts located at 2566 Pottsdamer Street from Saturday, December 1-8. Qualifying play will take place on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, and the main draw will begin on Monday, December 3.
The Noles will have seven student-athletes competing, with four in the main draw (Alex Knaff, Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar, Sebastian Arcila and Enzo Le Seguillon).
“We look forward to hosting this tournament every year.” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It is a great opportunity for our guys to play against the pros and earn some ATP points along the way. I have been very proud of how our guys have competed in this tournament the last few years, making it to the doubles finals the last two years.”
“We are very excited to partner with FSU Tennis and Seminole High Performance in hosting the Tallahassee Futures Tournament in Leon County for the fourth consecutive year,” said Director of Sports for Visit Tallahassee Amanda Heidecker. “The tournament has grown considerably and showcases the sport as one of the best tournaments in our community. This year, the tournament also provides a chance for residents and tennis fans to give to those in need. The tournaments features a toy/gift drive for the Christmas Connection of Northwest Florida. We encourage everyone to come out watch some of the best, rising tennis talent and make a child’s holidays brighter by participating in the toy/gift drive.”
The Futures tournament is part of the USTA Pro Circuit Collegiate Series, which is a series of pro circuit tournaments hosted at universities across the nation. The 2018 Visit Tallahassee Futures marks the fourth year in a row that Florida State has worked with the United States Tennis Association to be a part of this Pro Circuit Collegiate series.
“USTA Florida is a proud sponsor of the Visit Tallahassee Tallahassee Futures Tournament at Florida State,” said Boby York, USTA Local League Coordinator. “We are excited to see professional men’s tennis return to Tallahassee and for the opportunity to help those in the Panhandle affected by Hurricane Michael.”
Florida State Tennis and the Tallahassee Futures have also teamed up with Christmas Connection of Northwest Florida to host a drive throughout the duration of the tournament. All toys, clothing and canned goods donated will go towards children in the Panama City area that were affected by Hurricane Michael last month.
“Servant leadership is something we’re driven by in the office of student athlete development,” said Assistant Athletic Director for Student Development Ashton Henderson. “It is imperative that we help those in need during this critical time.”
“The needy in our communities can always use our support but after Hurricane Michael even more so,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Mary Coburn. “Any assistance to brighten the holidays for these children and their families would be greatly appreciated.”
The event features participants from our own Florida State men’s tennis team, as well as top professional players from around the world. Last year saw the Seminoles team of Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain in the doubles finals, falling to the team of Nathaniel Lammons and Alex Lawson, both of the United States. One year after Guy Iradukunda and Aziz Dougaz made the doubles finals.
The event has been host to some of the top up and coming players in the United States, college and from around the world. In 2015, now No. 27 ranked Dennis Shapovalov was a participant in the Futures event as an up and coming player. Last year’s champion, Ryan Shane of the United States currently ranks No. 394 in the world. This year’s tournament will have players ranked as high as 270 in the world.
This year’s tournament will again see our Florida State men’s tennis team competing against some of the top players in the world, with three Seminoles in the main singles draw.