Jonathan Pearlman represented Harvard at the 2011 ITA All-American Tournament held in Tulsa, Okla., this week. (Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot)
TULSA, Okla.- Harvard men's tennis senior, Jonathan Pearlman, closed the gap in the second set making it 5-4, before UCLA's Adrien Pudget scored the match-winning point to prevail in the first round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Tournament held in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday afternoon. Pearlman had been selected by the ITA to participate in the main draw of the tournament, bypassing the prequalifying and qualifying rounds held last weekend.
Puget, a sophmore from Le Haillan, France, stormed out to an early advantage taking the first set by a score of 6-2. In the second set, Puget would once again jump out in front, but Pearlman's inspired play brought the senior back to a 5-4 margin. However Puget would score the games deciding point to move on in the tournament.
Following his main draw match, The Palm Beach, Fla., native competed in the first round of consolation bracket and was put against Mississippi State's Malte Stropp. Stropp entered the tournament ranked No. 46 according to the ITA preseason rankings. Pearlman was unable to get ahead of the Bulldog's sophomore, falling to Stropp in two sets, 6-2 and 6-3.
This is the fourth and fifth matches this year that Pearlman has faced a competitor ranked in the top-50 in the ITA preseason rankings. Pearlman previously competed in the Harvard Fall Chowder Fest where he faced USC's Daniel Nguyen (No. 16), Texas A&M's Alexis Klegou (No. 42) and Michigan's Evan King (No. 8).