Tallahassee, Fla.- The Florida State men’s tennis program will be hosting their annual Tallahassee Futures pro tennis tournament at the Florida State Indoor Tennis Facility located at 2566 Pottsdamer Street. The event will run from December 2 through December 8 with qualifying play taking place on December 2 and December 3, and the main draw will begin on Tuesday, December 4.
“This event is something that our guys look forward to every year, it’s their opportunity to get an ATP ranking,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “A bunch of our guys already have that but for a bunch of them, it’s a great opportunity. Going into the spring season it gives us an opportunity to play in the month of December and have a tournament. I think it will better prepare us for January when we start playing matches.”
The Noles will have eight student-athletes competing at the professional event. Senior Alex Knaff, junior transfer Marcus Walters, and freshman Loris Pourroy were all chosen for the main draw wild cards. Competing in the qualifying draw is Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar, Sebastian Arcila, Chase Wood, Bryn Nahrung, and Richard Thongoana
The Futures tournament is part of the USTA Pro Circuit Collegiate series, which features pro circuit tournaments hosted at universities across the nation. This year marks the fifth consecutive year that Florida State has worked with the United States Tennis Association to be a part of this Pro Circuit Collegiate Series.
“We have worked really closely with USTA on their college match days down at the national campus,” said Hultquist. “We play down there a couple of times a year including matches against Florida. We have been doing the professional tournament now for 5 years and it’s a great relationship. Good for USTA and also good for Florida State.”
Past and present members of the FSU men’s tennis team will be participating in the event, as well as top professional players from around the world. Tallahassee Futures has been the host to some of the top up and coming players in the United States, college and from around the world.
“Tuesday and Wednesday night, we have dinners so fans can come and eat and watch our guys play,” said Hultquist. “The matches will start at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. It’s a fun event and something you can bring the whole family to.”
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