Tallahassee, FL – Florida State’s 2021 recruiting class has been named the best in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net. The Seminoles shared the honor with fellow ACC school NC State. This is the second consecutive Top Five class for FSU and the first No. 1 class in program history.
The Seminoles have a class that features two junior players ranked in the Top Five in their country and among the Top 150 juniors in the world and two other players that rank in the Top 60 in their country.
Florida State’s 2021 class features:
Alex Bulte, from Melbourne, Australia, the No. 1 ranked junior in Australia and the 101st ranked player by the ITF, and has won individual titles at the Canberra Junior Internationals, the Open Junior BNP PARIBAS de Nouvelle-Caledonie and the Victorian Junior Clay Court Championships. Bulte is a member of Australia’s National Academy. Current professionals Thanasi Kokkinakis, Storm Sanders, Destanee Aiava and Jaimee Fourlis are among past pupils of the Tennis Australia program at the National Academy. He holds a UTR (Universal Tennis Ranking) of 12.9.
Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc of Lyon, France is currently ranked #56 in France and has the highest Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) of any recruit signing with a collegiate program in 2021. 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.
Cornut-Chauvinc is ranked 403 by the ATP. 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 and he holds a UTR of 14.1.
Joshua Dous Karpenschief from Lyon, France, the 48th-ranked junior in the world by the ITF, is one of the highest-rated players from Europe to sign with a collegiate program this year. The left-hander is currently ranked -15 in France and chose to play at Florida State over numerous Top 10 programs. He holds a UTR of 12.8 and he has represented France throughout his junior career. In the fall he recorded wins over multiple Top 700 ATP players which included an exciting run to the quarterfinals in the M15 in Forbach.
Youcef Rihane, from Algeria, 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 of 13.4 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.
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