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Monday November 21, 2011Gordon Watson Signs Letter of Intent to Play Tennis at Florida

Gainesville, Fla.

Gordon Watson, one of the top junior tennis players in the nation, has signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Florida, mens tennis coach Andy Jackson announced on Monday.


We are pleased that Gordon will be a Gator, said Coach Jackson. He has had very successful results in Junior tennis. He plays from a solid fundamental base technically, tactically and mentally. He loves to compete and we hope that he will be able help the Gators compete for championships.


Watson, a native of Naples, Fla., is rated the No. 12 player in the 2012 class according to Throughout his career, he has been rated as high as No. 1 in the USTA 12s and 14s rankings, and No. 2 in the USTA 16s rankings.


In 2010, Watson claimed the Boys 16s title at the Easter Bowl, one of the biggest junior tennis tournaments in the country.


Watson plans to graduate in December from First Baptist Academy and enroll at UF in January.


Some of Watsons career highlights include:

         Nominated USTA Florida Player of the Year 2011

         Sportsmanship awards - Kalamazoo 2010, Nationals May 2007

         2011 USTA Clay Court Doubles Champion, 3rd in Singles

         Kalamazoo 2010 - 5th Singles

         ITF Singles and Doubles Champion May 2011

         #1 USTA National Ranking 12's, 14's Singles, #2 16s

         #1 USTA National 12's, 14's, 16's Doubles

         USTA Clay Court Champion - 12s, finalist 16s, 3rd 18s

         USTA Hard Court Singles Champion - 12s, 16s - Easter Bowl

         USTA Hard Court Doubles Champion - 12s, runner up 18s, 4th 16s

         USTA Clay Court Doubles Champion - 12s, 18s

         #1 Florida 12's, 14's, 16's and 18's Singles

         #1 Florida 12's, 14's, 16's, 18's Doubles

         Florida State Champion - 10's, 12's, 16's- 2 years consecutively, Singles

         Florida State Doubles Champion - 16's, 18's

         Champion National Open - Macon, Georgia 14's

         Champion Florida Designated Singles, 10s, 12s, 16s, 18s

         Champion Florida Sectional Singles, 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, 18s

         Champion Doubles National LII 16's

         Finalist Plaza Cup - 14's Doubles

         Easter Bowl 14s - 5th Singles, 3rd Doubles

         Finalist Gator Bowl Singles

         Champion Plaza Cup - 14's Singles


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