FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2021
FSU Men’s Tennis 2021 Recruiting Class Named Fifth-Best In The Nation
Tallahassee, FL – 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. The Seminoles finished with the top class in the ACC and were one of just four ACC programs to finish in the 20 of the rankings.
The class 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.
‘I am very happy with our recruiting class,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “They are incredible young men that have already proven that they can play at the highest level. They are mature and have a lot of experience which will help them make an immediate impact on our lineup.
“Youcef is the top junior player in Africa, and Alex is the top junior player in Australia. I am super excited to get to work with them! I really appreciate the work of my assistant Chris Doerr and volunteer assistant Axel Damiens that helped make this a success.”
Bulte, the 144th ranked player by the ITF, has been ranked as high as 101 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.
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. Alex
The Tennis Recruiting Network enlisted the aid of junior tennis experts to determine the top classes. Reporters, national and international tournament directors, referees, ranking chairmen and writers from across the country have donated their time and talents to vote on these top classes.
Each panelist submitted his/her take on the Top 25 recruiting classes. Schools received 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 points for each second-place vote, on down to 1 point for each 25th-place vote. The panelists were told not to consider incoming transfer students in their voting – and also did not consider incoming freshmen who are competing this spring.
The Seminoles will return to action when they host No. 9 Florida at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center Saturday, January 31. The match is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start and fan attendance will be limited to 116 spectators.
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