Preview: Men’s and women’s tennis

The FSU men’s and women’s tennis teams have not played a match against another team since March. But the Seminoles are back on the court, with the men playing host to a pair of matches on Sunday with North Florida 1t 10:30 a.m. and Mercer at 3 p.m. The FSU women will host Georgia, Clemson and Miami on Jan. 22-24 at the indoor facility. Below is a quick look at both squads as the 2021 spring season begins:

Coaches: Jennifer Hyde is 252-158 entering her 17th season at FSU and 22nd season overall as a head coach. Dwayne Hultquist is 352-214, entering his 22nd season at FSU.

Last season: The FSU women finished 14-3, 3-1 ACC and were ranked No. 2, the highest in program history. The FSU men went 11-4, 2-1 ACC before the season shut down in March.

Women’s players to watch: Giulia Pairone is a grad student who has been an All-SEC pick (Arkansas) and All-Big Ten pick (Michigan). Nandini Das went 19-7, including a 9-4 mark at No. 3 singles. Victoria Allen went 16-6, including a 10-1 mark at No. 5 singles.

Men’s players to watch: Alex Knaff went 7-3 last season playing in the No. 1 singles position. Juan Martin Jalif went 7-5 overall, including 3-2 in No. 2 singles. Rana Roop Bhullar was 18-9 (2-0 at No. 3 singles), Louis Pourroy was 14-8 (3-0 at No. 3 singles) and Sebastian Arcila was 12-7 (2-1 at No. 2 singles).

Tough act to follow: The FSU women picked up wins over seven ranked teams in 2019-20.

Consistency: The FSU men reached the NCAA Tournament in 17 straight years, not counting the shortened 2020 season. The FSU women have made 15 NCAA Tournament appearances under Hyde.

Rankings: The FSU women open No. 9 in the ITA preseason rankings, the highest start in program history. FSU lost to No. 1 UNC in a thrilling 4-3 decision in February at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

The FSU women’s schedule can be found here on Seminoles.com

The FSU men’s schedule can be found here on Seminoles.com