Tallahassee, FL – Florida State men’s tennis has added another major signee to an already highly-regarded class. Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc of Lyon, France has joined friend and fellow top recruit Joshua Dous Karpenschief in FSU’s 2021 signing class. Cornut-Chauvinc is currently ranked #36 in France and has the highest Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) of any recruit signing with a collegiate program in 2021.
“We are excited to add Antoine to this class,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “He is an incredibly experienced player with a good baseline game and serve. He is the highest UTR player we have ever signed at FSU. With this addition, I believe we will have top recruiting class in country.”
Cornut-Chauvinc has come through the French Federation like FSU’s current No. 1 singles player Loris Pourroy and enters college with a similar ranking to another all-time Seminole great Lucas Poullain.
“I chose FSU because of the school’s great reputation and I wanted to have the experience of living in the USA and participating at a university like Florida State,” said Cornut-Chauvinc. “I saw videos of the previous years and the atmosphere, the happiness and the friendship that I could see was so intense and beautiful.
“After the first Zoom I had with the coaching staff I had a very good feeling. I feel that this is the right place for me on and off the court. I want be a part of taking FSU to the top and I know that we can do it. The university seems incredible, both for academics and athletics. I can’t wait to arrive on campus.”
Earlier this year the Tennis Recruiting Network released its Top 25 rankings for winter 2021 recruiting and named Florida State’s class the fifth-best in the nation and tops in the ACC. The Seminoles added another top-ranked signee to that class in Joshua Dous Karpenschief, the 48th-ranked junior in the world and now Cornut-Chauvinc has joined the class as well.
“Antoine on paper is by far the best recruit to go to college this year,” said FSU Assistant Coach Chris Doerr. “He has an all court game that allows him to play different styles to beat all types of opponents. What I’m excited about Antoine is he plays with great energy. His energy will fire up our large crowds. He also has so much experience that we are confident he will accomplish great things in Garnet and Gold.”
Cornut-Chauvinc has been ranked as high as 408 by the ATP and is currently ranked 452nd. He has participated in French open qualifiers and also advanced in one of those tournaments in addition to earning wild card spots in numerous ATP Masters 1000 events. Last year, he won two ITF 15k titles (one on clay and one indoor on hard courts) and reached an ITF ranking high of 137. In his junior career, Cornut-Chauvinc made the 3rd round of Junior US Open and the French Open.
Combined with the signing of Dous Karpenschief, the Seminoles have added two major pieces to a class that already features two junior players ranked in the Top 5 in their country and among the Top 150 juniors in the world. Alex Bulte is ranked the No. 1 junior player in Australia and Youcef Rihane ranks as the No. 4 junior tennis player in Africa.
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