Jan. 21, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s tennis programs will play host to the seventh-annual Tennis Kick-Off Banquet on Friday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m., to celebrate the upcoming season and get fans fired up.
Boosters, local supporters, former coaches and athletes and many other faces will come together to honor both successful programs on their on and off court success. The banquet will give both teams the chance to show their appreciation to all of the supporters and their continued efforts to keep Florida State among the elite tennis programs in the nation.
“This event gives the seniors from both men’s and women’s team a chance to say a few words and address their team, coaches and community about their experience as a tennis player and student of Florida State,” said women’s head coach Jennifer Hyde.
The annual event has grown during the last seven years and now hosts more than 500 guests. Past speakers have included Tony Trabert, a five-time Grand Slam winner, and this year will feature Malavai Washington, who is a former Wimbledon finalist and collegiate No. 1-ranked player.
When we started the banquet seven years ago, we didn’t know how many people would show up and now it’s grown every year,” men’s head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “It’s gotten to the point where we have more than 500 people come and it’s tremendous for our program. Our kids get inspired having this support behind them and I think it’s led to a lot of things like our indoor court project and people donating to our program.”
The Seminole women will open their dual-match season on Saturday, January 24, as they host Jacksonville at 1 p.m., while the men face their toughest match of the young season against No. 2 Texas at 12 p.m. For live stats log onto www.seminoles.com