Tallahassee, Fla.- Head coach Dwayne Hultquist announced the addition of Youcef Rihane to the 2020 recruiting class. Rihane made it official on Thursday Dec. 19, 2019 by signing his National Letter of Intent to play for the Florida State men’s tennis team.
“Youcef is exactly what Florida state is all about,” said assistant coach Chris Doerr. “He loves tennis, loves to work hard and is very ambitious. His top-50 world ranking is only the start of what this guy can achieve and we are so excited to be the coaches to help him achieve his goals.”
Originally from Algeria, Rihane currently ranks as the No. 4 junior men’s tennis player in Africa and No. 51 in the junior world ITF ranking. He holds a UTR (Universal Tennis Ranking) of 13.51 and has a career-high ATP singles ranking of 1851.
Rihane has spent the last two years as a member of the Algeria Davis Cup Team. The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men’s tennis and is contested annually. He has competed in many other high-level championships including, Wimbledon, French Open, Juniors US Open, and the African Junior Championships.
“Youcef is an outstanding player with strong results on world junior tour,” said Hultquist. “He already has Davis cup experience and ITF futures points and will continue a long line of African champions to our team. He has high goals for his game and sees FSU as a great opportunity to continue his development.”
Rihane will be joining the team next fall. The Seminoles will begin their spring season on Jan. 5, 2019 against Penn State in the Bahamas,
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