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A Trio of Hurricanes Earn All-ACC Academic Honors

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A trio of upperclassmen on the University of Miami men’s tennis team garnered All-ACC Academic Team recognition, as announced Tuesday afternoon by the conference office.

Junior Franco Aubone earned the distinction for the second time in as many opportunities, while seniors Benjamin Hannestad and Bojan Jankulovski each collected the honor for the first time.

A native of San Juan, Argentina, Aubone previously garnered the accolade as a freshman as he has achieved Book Buster Club (3.0+ GPA) plaudits in all six of his completed semesters. While pursuing a degree in accounting, he has made the Dean’s List (3.5+) twice and the Provost Honor Roll (3.75+) once.

On the court, Aubone got off to a blazing start with an unblemished 5-0 singles mark. Following a ranked doubles win against Georgia Tech’s Marcus McDaniel and Pablo Schelcher (then No. 31), he teamed up with Hannestad to garner ACC Doubles Team of the Week accolades on Feb. 23. The next day, the junior secured UTR/ITA National Player of the Week honors.

Overall, Aubone and Hannestad capped the season ranked No. 26 in doubles, with a 9-8 record at the top doubles position.

Miami Hurricanes Men's Tennis during a match against the Mississippi State University Bulldogs at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.

A transfer from Arizona State prior to the start of the 2019-20 campaign, Hannestad locked up All-ACC Academic recognition in his first completed season with the Hurricanes.

The Vedbaek, Denmark, native has been a member of the Book Buster Club each semester and is set to earn a spot on the ACC Honor Roll for the second time in as many opportunities.

On the court, Hannestad rebounded from a slow start in singles competition, winning five of his last six matches, all at the No. 3 position. In doubles, he teamed up with Aubone to go 4-2 in ranked matches, most notably defeating then-No. 15 Florian Broska and Gregor Ramskogler of No. 16 Mississippi State, 6-4, in the opening round of the NCAA Team Championship.

Recently earning a bachelor’s degree in sport administration, Jankulovski earned a spot on the President’s List (4.0 GPA) in his final semester as an undergraduate student. Overall, Jankulovski has made the Provost’s Honor Roll twice and AD’s Honor Roll five times.

Following the conclusion of the ACC Championship, Jankulovski matched his third-team All-ACC distinction as a freshman in 2017, acting as a catalyst for the Hurricanes all season long. Boasting a 10-6 overall singles record, the Skopje, Macedonia, native also led the team with a 5-3 conference mark, as well as a 6-4 doubles record in ACC competition.

Overall, Jankulovski became just the fifth Miami men’s tennis student-athlete to garner all-conference distinction multiple times since the school joined the league in 2005. He joins Luigi D’Agord (2005-06, twice), Daniel Vallverdu (2006-09, four times), Piotr Lomacki (2016-17, twice) and Adria Soriano Barrera (thrice).

Miami Hurricanes Men's Tennis during a match against the Mississippi State University Bulldogs at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.

Aubone, Hannestad and Jankulosvki are each set to return to The U for the upcoming 2021-22 campaign.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.