March 31, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior Jean-Yves Aubone has once again written his name in the Florida State men's tennis record books by becoming the highest ranked player in Seminole tennis history. In the latest ITA singles rankings released on Wednesday, Aubone is at No. 11.
"I am a little speechless about it," Aubone said after first hearing the news. "It was the last thing I was expecting. I just hope that I can keep helping the team win and produce some championships."
During his junior season the Miami, Fla., native has compiled a 15-7 record including a 10-6 mark against ranked opponents. Aubone's record includes a win against the current No. 1-ranked player in the country Oleksandr Nedyovyesov of Oklahoma State. He has won eight out of his last nine matches and 11 consecutive ACC contests dating back to 2008. Even more remarkable is the All-American's 10-3 record in three-set matches including wins in nine out of his last 10 three-set contests.
"I just come out everyday to practice and work hard," Aubone said. "It's just a great accomplishment and I don't know what to say."
As a sophomore Aubone reached No. 13 in the ITA rankings tying assistant coach Mat Cloer's mark. During last season he earned All-ACC and All-American status, which helped earn him an opportunity to play on the Futures Tour in the summer. Aubone won a pair of tournaments and a wild card into qualifying for the U.S. Open where he won his first round match.
Next up for the No. 16-ranked Seminoles are road matches against Wake Forest and North Carolina State. Aubone's most likely opponents are No. 21 Cory Parr and No. 36 Jay Weinacker. For live scoring and match recaps visit www.seminoles.com.