May 19, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State men's head tennis coach Dwayne Hultquist announced the signing of Romain Jurd on Friday, May 19th. Jurd is a top 10 junior player in France and will be competing in the Junior French Open in two weeks.
"Romain is very quick and has an excellent all-court game," said Hultquist. "He possesses a lot of the same skills as Xavier Luscan (FSU's current No. 1 player) who is from France as well. Romain balances school and athletics very well and will be a great addition to our team."
Jurd has had numerous wins against other top-ranked juniors from around the world in his extensive playing career. While spending a majority of his young career playing on clay courts, Jurd spent time at the Palmer Tennis Academy in Tampa, Fla., to improve his hard-court game and familiarize himself with American customs and the English language.
"Romain is only 17 and ranked as high as Xavier in France," said Hultquist. "Romain has a great all-around game that compares to Xavier's at that age. Someday he wants to go pro so I have no doubt that he will come here and work really hard to better himself and the team."
Later this summer before enrolling at FSU, Jurd will be one of the favorites at the Junior French National Championships in Paris, France.
Jurd will join the Seminoles in the fall of 2000 as he selected Florida State over South Carolina and Arizona State.