Nov. 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist and the Florida State administration announced that Michael Rinaldi signed a National Letter of Intent to play tennis for the Seminoles next season. Rinaldi, a native of Palm City, Fla., is a five-star, blue chip recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net.
"Michael is an outstanding player," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "He's grown up in Florida and trained with the USTA. He's played internationally and very experienced. Anytime we get a top player from Florida we're excited about it. His dad was a college tennis player and his aunt was a professional tennis player so tennis runs in his blood. We think he's going to be a tremendous asset to us."
"I picked Florida State because I wanted to stay in Florida," said Rinaldi. "The coaches and the players are all really nice. They do a lot of stuff together like a real team. I expect to win a lot of matches and compete for the national title."
Rinaldi won this year's 2011 Birmingham USTA Regional Tournament and Jaimes Tennis Super Series while reaching the finals of the Copa Gatorade Internacional in El Salvador. In 2010 he won the Copa Merengue Boys18 G4 in the Dominican Republic and the Tennis Plaza Cup in Coral Gables, Fla. He reached the finals of the 2010 Copa Cariari in Costa Rica and the ITF El Salvador Junior Open. In 2008, he claimed the title in the 2008 Easter Bowl ITF Boys 14 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. In 2010 he qualified for his first ITF Futures tournament winning four qualifying matches in the USA F28 in Birmingham before losing to Andrea Collarini who was No. 581 at the time.
Talented in doubles as well, he won the 47th Copa de Café in Costa Rica this year and the 33rd ITF International Casablance Junior Cup in Mexico. He reached the finals of this year's Costa Rica Bowl. In 2009 he won the Atlanta ITF.