Dec. 20, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State men’s tennis received two additions to what should be a strong team when Chris Westerhof of Durban, South Africa and Heiner Tadault of Paris, France signed letters of intent to play for the Seminoles this upcoming season. Westerhof and Tadault will provide immediate contributions and look to provide depth to an already strong lineup.
Westerhof was ranked No.1 in South Africa and won the African championships.
He comes in as a strong doubles player as he was ranked in the top 10 in world junior doubles rankings and ranked as high as 34 in the world singles ranking. Chris will be graduating from high school this month and plans on majoring in business. Westerhof played internationally at the French Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open and the Orange Bowl. He is left handed with a powerful two-handed backhand. Westerhof chose FSU over Texas and Georgia Tech.
“Chris brings international experience to our team and should have an immediate impact,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “He has a good lefty serve and is an excellent doubles player. Chris is an excellent athlete who should be fun to watch this spring.”
Tadault ranked the same in France as last years No. 2 Romain Jurd. He brings a powerful serve and groundstrokes as well as a booming two-handed backhand. Tadault is interested in studying business while at FSU.
“Heiner has the potenial to be a great player,” said Hultquist. “He has all the shots and has excellent quickness. We look for him to have a big impact both in singles and doubles right away.”
The Seminoles open up the 2003 spring season on January 17th at the ACC Indoors in Winston-Salem, N.C.