Men's Tennis Dominates First Competition of the Spring

Junior Alistair Felton was named the Harvard Winter Classic singles runner-up and earned the doubles title along with teammate Andy Nguyen (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team went 12-5 in doubles and posted a 16-16 mark in singles over three days at the Harvard Winter Classic to open its 2011 spring slate.

Crimson junior Jonathan Pearlman was named the singles champion after finishing play with a 3-0 record. Pearlman earned victories over George Washington's Alexander van Gils (6-4, 6-2) and Christopher Kushma (7-6, 6-3), and Marist's Lorenzo Rossi (2-6, 6-2, 6-3). Junior Alistair Felton finished as runner-up in singles by going 2-0.

The doubles duo of Felton and Andy Nguyen started this spring right where it left things in the fall, taking the doubles title with a 2-0 mark. Felton and Nguyen defeated Rossi and Matt Himmelbach, 8-2, on Friday and topped Van Gils and Kushma of George Washington, 8-4, Saturday. Felton and Nguyen captured the ITA Northeast Region title in the fall, earning a trip to the national championship in November. Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien and sophomore Joshua Tchan were the doubles runner-up at 3-0.

Harvard returns to action at 2 p.m. Friday at the Murr Center Tennis Courts when it hosts Northwestern from the Big Ten Conference in its first dual match of the season.