Men’s Tennis Begins USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships

Photo courtesy of OAC
Photo courtesy of OAC




USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships
Thurs.-Tues., Oct. 22-27
Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's tennis heads to New Haven, Connecticut and Yale University for the annual USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, one of the most prestigious Division I events of the season. The event will take place over six days (Oct. 22-27) and the tournament champions will gain automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in November.

Harvard at Regional Championships
The Crimson competing in the singles draw will be co-captain Nicky Hu, Brian Yeung, Andy Zhou, Jean Thirouin, Grant Solomon, Kenny Tao, Kelvin Lam and co-captain Conor Haughey. In doubles Hu and Yeung, Zhou and Thirouin and Lam and Haughey will pair up against the field.

Solomon will face Max Vogt (Bryant) in round one. Tao will try and get past Jeremy Kochman (Lehigh). Haughey takes on Marcus Smith of Hofstra in round one. Lam looks to upend Kyle Childree from BC.

In the second round of competition, Thirouin will take on the winner of Mladen Mitak (Brown) and David Mitchell (USMA). Hu will face the winner of Xabier Saavedra (Drexel) and Francis Nadeau (Niagara). Zhou meets Zachary Lessen (Penn) and Yeung will look to advance past Max Fliegner (Dartmouth).

In doubles action, Yeung/Hu have a first-round bye and will play either St. Bonaventure's pair (Irizarrt/Blanco) or St. Francis' duo (Foo-Kune/Tico). Thirouin/Zhou will square off against Lehigh's Kochman and Petersen. Haughey and Lam knocked off Mautner/Westergaard of Penn and will face No. 2 seed Vermeer/V.Pham from Columbia.

Thursday, Oct. 22 – First round of qualifying singles at 8:00 a.m., followed by second and final round of qualifying singles in the afternoon.

Friday, Oct. 23 – First round of main draw doubles at 8:00 a.m. (top 8 seeds have byes), followed by first round of main draw singles (32 seeds have byes).

Saturday, Oct. 24 – Second round of main draw doubles at 8:00 a.m., followed by second and third round of main draw singles. One round of consolation singles will be played at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25 – Third round of main draw doubles at 9:00 a.m., followed by quarterfinals of main draw doubles. The fourth round of main draw singles will conclude the day.

Monday, Oct. 26 – Semifinals of main draw doubles at 9:00 a.m., followed by quarterfinals and semifinals of main draw singles.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 – Championships of main draw doubles at 9:00 a.m., followed by the finals of main draw singles.

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Last Year
The Crimson is coming off an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as Denis Nguyen '15 also earned a spot at the NCAA Individuals and teamed with Brian Yeung to head to the doubles championship.  

On the Sidelines
David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, enters his 40th season with the Crimson after coaching the men's tennis team to an 19-8 record last season and leading the Crimson to NCAA tournament for the fourth-straight season. Fish owns an all-time dual record of 647-292-1 and has led the Crimson to a top-40 finish in each of the last four seasons. 

Up Next
The Crimson will wait to see who advances to the ITA National Indoors in Flushing Meadows, New York Nov. 12-15.