Men’s Tennis Welcomes Four Freshmen

Gate 1, the entrance to Harvard's athletic complex from the corner of North Harvard Street and Storrow Drive.
Gate 1, the entrance to Harvard's athletic complex from the corner of North Harvard Street and Storrow Drive.

Photo: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—After an Ivy League title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 last season, the Harvard men’s tennis team has retooled by adding four freshmen to the roster for the 2012-13 campaign.

"We're pleased to welcome these four outstanding young prospects to our squad this year,” said The Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis David Fish. “We lost three starters from last year's Ivy Championship team, but still have a great nucleus. We hope that several of these new guys will step up just as last year's freshmen stepped up, and give us the strength throughout the lineup to challenge again for Ivy honors and beyond."

Conor Haughey – Freshman – Wellesley, Mass./St. Sebastian’s School

Seven-year letterwinner in tennis at St. Sebastian’s School … Finished USTA junior career ranked No. 12 in New England in singles and No. 6 in doubles … Led St. Sebastian’s to the New England Team Championships for the first time in history in 2012 … Played number one singles and doubles for five years … Received All-Independent School League (ISL) honors three times … Earned the Boston Globe MVP award for tennis in 2012 … Class vice president for three years … William P. Judge Scholarship award recipient … Also played football and hockey at St. Sebastian’s … Grandfather, Philip Haughey ’57, lettered in football, basketball and baseball ... Uncle, Philip Haughey, Jr. ’84, lettered in wrestling … Sister, Christy Haughey ’14, is currently on the field hockey team … Mother, Ellenann Haughey, captained the Holy Cross tennis team.

Nicky Hu—Freshman—Palo Alto, Cali./Palo Alto High School

Played number one singles all four years at Palo Alto High School … Team captain as a junior and senior … Won the Maestro Award for Individual Performance in tuba … Other interests include music … Sister, Christina Hu, won the Division III NCAA individual title in 2009 and 2010.

Siu Fai Kelvin Lam – Freshman – Hong Kong/Diocesan Boys’ School

Played six years on Diocesan Boys’ School tennis team … Two-year team captain … Helped Diocesan Boys’ School to six consecutive Inter-School Tennis Competition Division I team championships … Ranked No. 1 in national junior ranking and No. 3 in national open ranking … Won two singles titles and three doubles titles on ITF World Junior Circuit … Reached doubles final at GB1 Asian Closed Championships in 2011 … Became the second-youngest player from Hong Kong to play in a singles rubber (16 years and 67 days) at 2010 Davis Cup ... Represented Hong Kong at 2009 East Asian Games in men’s doubles …  Also enjoys badminton and traveling.

Nicholas Mahlangu – Freshman – Henderson, Nev./Green Valley

Four-year letterwinner in tennis at Green Valley High School … Nationally ranked in top 100 in USTA boys 12, 14, 16 and 18 divisions … Ranked as high as No. 29 in USTA boys 18 division … Received 2011 USTA Legends Award and was also named 2011 USTA Player of the Year … Named USTA Nevada Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011 … USTA Serves Certificate of Merit for Academic Excellence, Leadership and Tennis recipient in 2012 …  An outstanding participant in 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program … Greater Las Vegas Scholarship Program recipient in 2012 … Other hobbies include computer software, mathematics, chemistry, physics, photography and digital art.