Men’s Tennis Hosts Harvard Halloween Invitational

Men’s Tennis Hosts Harvard Halloween Invitational

Freshman Nguyen looks to continue his stellar fall season at the Harvard Halloween Invitational this weekend. He currently sits with a 4-2 singles record and a 4-1 doubles mark. (Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot)

Flight A Draw

Flight B Draw

The Crimson will host its final home event of the fall season this weekend, welcoming participants from Army, Amherst, Dartmouth, Tufts and Brown to the Murr Center. The individual tournament will feature three single draws (A,B and C) and two for doubles action.

The Season So Far
Harvard enters its third tournament of the fall season this weekend and second hosted in Cambridge, Mass. At the Chowder Fest on Sept. 23-26, freshman Denis Nguyen had a sterling tournament, earning a 2-1 record in both singles and doubles action. Harvard competitors totaled five singles victories and 10 doubles wins against USC, Michigan and Texas A&M. At the Northeast Regionals in Ithaca, N.Y., the doubles parings of Allistair Felton and Casey MacMaster advanced to the championship round, falling to a team from Princeton 8-5.

Two Heads Are Better Than One
While the fall season is about getting back into game shape, gearing up for the spring season and working on the fundamentals, it is tough to ignore Harvard's brilliant doubles play so far this year. Senior Alistair Felton and Sophomore Casey MacMaster are 5-2 as a pair, and the team of junior Andy Nugyen and freshman Denis Nguyen stand at 4-1 as a tandem.

Nguyen Baby, Nguyen
One of the Crimson's most impressive players so far this year has been freshman Denis Nguyen. He currently sits with the best singles record on the team with a 4-2 mark and is part of a doubles pair with the second-best doubles mark.

Scouting Army
This is the fourth tournament that Army has competed in this fall, most recently sending players to the ITA Northeast Regional tournament in Ithaca N.Y. Asika Isoh and Henry Jang-Milsten fell to Columbia's Winston Lin and Haig Schneidermann 8-2 in the round of 16. Meanwhile Isoh made it to the round of 32 where he lost to Brown's Soufiane Azargui 7-6 (3), 6-3. 

Scouting Amherst
Coming into this weekend the Lord Jeffs are 3-0 in dual matches this season after defeating John Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon and MIT. In their latest match with MIT, Mark Kahan recorded his 21st consecutive singles victory earning a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Edwin Zhang in the No. 1 slot. Kahan would also team up with Chris Dale defeating Mathew Kalak and Zhang in the top doubles match by a score of 8-6.

Scouting Dartmouth
Dartmouth enters this weekend after having a strong showing in the ITA Northeast Regional tournament hosted by Cornell. Junior Xander Centenari made it the farthest for the Big Green, advancing to the quarterfinal round but falling to St. John's Vasko Mladenov in two sets, 6-2, 6-2. Dartmouth Sophomore Cameron Ghorbani reached the round of 16 for the Big Green, but was defeated by Matija Pecotic, of Princeton in the round of 16, 6-2, 6-3.

Scouting Tufts
The Jumbos stand at 3-0 on the season after defeating Roger Williams College, Salve Regina and Babson. In their latest match, Tufts won all three doubles matches and took five of six singles contests to defeat host Babson 8-1. Andrew Lutz and Kai Victoria manned the number one slot during the match defeating their opponents 8-2. Ben Barard, Austin Blau, Morrie Bossen and Zach Ludwig all had straight-set victories in singles play. 

Scouting Brown
The Bears enter this weekend's tournament with a ton of confidence after winning 30 of 35 matches in the Brown Invitational earlier in the month. Brown went 20-2 in singles competition and 10-3 in Doubles action.  Senior Andrew Yazmer and junior Tom Deighton, went a perfect 5-0 during the tournament while juniors Mike Hill and Timmy Klanke and freshman Daniel Hirschberg went 4-0.