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  Ytai Abougzir
Ytai Abougzir

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Boca Raton, Fla.

High School:
Boca Raton Prep

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:
02/22/1983



Ytai Abougzir
Junior
5-8
Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton Prep

Senior Year (2006-07): Co-captain with fellow senior Jonathas Sucupira...Had a successful run at the 2006 Florida State Fall Invitational winning three of four matches...reached the round of 32 at the Wilson/ITA Mideast Regional after defeating SC State's Radek Pivonka 6-1, 6-3 and ended the 2006 fall season with 5-6 record...Reached a season high singles ranking of 58 in the nation...Had a dual-match singles record of 11-13 and 6-7 in the ACC playing most of the time in position one for the Seminoles...Total of seven ranked wins over Olivier Sajous (FAU), Richard Wire (STAN), Andre Begemann (Pepp), Ben Harknett (Rice), Arvid Puranen (VT), Nick Cavaday (NCSU), Kiril Dimitrov (Duke), Ben Carlotti (UNC)...went undefeated at the ACC Tournament with two ranked wins over Duke's Kiril Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2 and Ben Carlotti of UNC 6-3, 6-1...was names to the 2007 ACC All-Conference team for a second year in a row...after competing with four different doubles partners, found chemistry with freshman Bradley Mixson to earn an 8-2 record and 6-2 in the ACC...won two of three matches with Mixson at the 2007 ACC Championships where later the duo led the Seminoles to capture a doubles point over Florida's Nestor Briceno and Geoff Barton 8-5 in round two of the 2007 NCAA Championships.

Junior Year (2005-06): Posted a 12-13 singles mark, with four wins against nationally ranked opponents and an ACC record of 6-5... Abougzir, who played No. 1 singles for the Seminoles during the season, was the first Florida State men's tennis player in 12 years to be selected to participate in both the singles and doubles competition of the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships...FSU All-American Brian Stanton was the last FSU player to qualify for both singles and doubles during the 1994 season...opened doubles play in the first round of the NCAA Individual Doubles Championship with a victory over Baylor's No. 23-ranked pair of Michal Kokta and Lars Poerschke in the round of 32...After defeating Duke's Joey Atas and Jonathan Stokke twice during the 05-06 season, the No. 11 ranked team of Abougzir/Westerhof fell in three sets during the Round of 16 at the 2006 NCAA Doubles Championship...Ending the season ranked No. 12 in the nation with doubles partner Chris Westerhof with an impressive 17-8 record this season, with a win over the top-seeded team in the nation, Scott Green and Ross Wilson of Ohio State...Was a finalist for the 2006 Mideast ITA Regional "Player to Watch" Award...Earned the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Performer of the Week (March 20, 2006) after winning 2-0 in No. 1 singles play against No. 81 Sander Koning (Clemson), 6-3, 7-5 and with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 13 Stephen Bass (Notre Dame).

Sophomore Year (2004-05): During Summer 05, made the main draw of one singles draw on the FUTURES Tour with a trio of appearances in doubles...Advanced to the quarterfinals with his partner Dustin Brown at the FUTURES stop in San Floriano, Italy...Lost in the round of 16 at Tallahassee Challenger with Mat Cloer...Dropped a 1-6, 2-6 decision in the first round to Stefan Wauters in his lone main-draw singles match at the FUTURES tournament in Cesena, Italy... Joined the Seminoles for the spring campaign after sitting out a full year in compliance with NCAA eligibility rules...Posted a 16-10 singles mark, while teaming up with Mat Cloer to go 20-5 in doubles...Ended the season ranked 24th in the Mideast region in singles...Duo finished the year ranked 38th in the country by the ITA and fifth in the Mideast Region...Highest double ranking of the year was No. 29 (Feb. 22)... Notched a pair of singles wins over ranked opponents, going 2-7 overall against ranked foes...Beat No. 99 Jonathan Stokke of Duke and Kentucky's No. 116 Alex Hume in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament...Led the Seminoles with a 6-3 singles record during ACC competition...Recorded four ranked doubles victories with Cloer (4-2 overall), including wins over #4 DeHeart/Jones of Illinois...Tandem was a perfect 3-0 during the NCAA Tournament with wins over Kentucky, Illinois and Florida...Duo posted a 7-2 conference record...Split time between the number one and two doubles positions, posting a 10-5 record at No. 1 and 10-0 at No. 2...Won back-to-back victories over #29 Rodrigues/Stokke of Duke and #28 Thompson/Young from Clemson.

Summer 2004: Spent a portion of the summer playing on the FUTURES Tour...Had a strong showing in doubles play...Advanced to the semifinals in a pair of events...Teamed up with former UNC player Nick Monroe to advance to the semis at the FUTURES stops in Buffalo, N.Y. and Pittsburgh, Pa....Best singles performances during the summer were a pair of opening round victories with triumphs at the Vero Beach and Peoria, Ill., contests...Stepped up his level of competition on the Challenger circuit during the Tallahassee stop, playing in both singles and doubles.

High School and Other Accomplishments: Highlighted his junior career by capturing the title at the 2002 Australian Open Juniors...Played in eight Grand Slam junior tournaments during his career...The year before his Aussie title he finished second at the U.S. Open...Capped his career ranked No. 1 in the country and No. 2 in the world...Made a name for himself during the 1994 season. That year he was named National Player of the Year for the 14-year old division by Tennis Magazine and the United States Tennis Association...That season he captured the three biggest national tournaments, winning the US Hardcort and Clay Championships and the Easter Bowl.

Personal: Name is pronounced EE-tie A-BOOg-ZIR...His father Moshe was one of the best professional soccer players in Israel...In terms of soccer, his father is like the Michael Jordan of his country...Originally born in Israel...Born February 22, 1983...Son of Zahava and Moshe Abougzir...Majoring in business...Describes himself as outgoing...Says his former coach Godwin Madzima has the biggest influence on his career...Plans to be a sports agent or play professional tennis after college.

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