May 12, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior Vahid Mirzadeh was named the ITA Southeast Region Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner. With this award, Mirzadeh is a nominee for the national award which will be released on May 24. The last Seminole to win this award was Mat Cloer in 2005 when he won the national award. Also in 2005, Vahid’s brother Hamid won the regional award while playing at Florida.
“I feel extremely honored to be selected for our regional Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award,” said Mirzadeh. “I take a lot of pride in not just playing tennis but also conducting myself in a positive way when I’m on and off the tennis court. I’d like to thank everyone who voted and considered me for this prestigious award.”
The Wellington, Fla., native has been captain of the team the past two seasons. Although he only played for three seasons, he was named to the All-ACC team in 2010 and 2011, the All-ACC Academic Team in 2009 and 2010 and the 2009 and 2010 ACC Honor Roll. He has been named to the Individuals NCAA Tournament all three years, twice for singles and twice for doubles.
“Vahid’s award for the Arthur Ashe is much deserving,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “He handles himself incredibly well on and off the court. His academic, community and team successes are very deserving.”
He has volunteered at Tennis Community Days teaching kids how to play tennis. He has also taken time out to work with the junior team tennis this year as well as reading to elementary school kids and partaking in FSU Day at the Capital.
Mirzadeh’s academics have been top-notch since he arrived on campus. This semester, not only was he playing amazing tennis, he was also working hard in the classroom and posted a 3.93 GPA for the spring. Overall he has a 3.5 GPA while working on his degree in Hospitality Management.
This season Mirzadeh has a 21-10 record in singles including a 9-3 ACC record on court one. He is currently No. 25 in the nation in the ITA poll. His doubles play has been just as good as he and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) have posted a 19-8 record this season and a 8-4 ACC record. The duo is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation.
Earlier in the season Mirzadeh upset the No. 4 player in the nation, Alexandre Lacriox of Florida, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. In doubles play, he and Smith upset the No. 7 doubles team of Duke’s Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha 9-8 (5). During his career, Mirzadeh has a 29-10 singles record in the ACC.