Men's Tennis Set To Open Spring Trip at UC Irvine

Men's Tennis Set To Open Spring Trip at UC Irvine

Harvard men's tennis begins competition during its spring break trip with a dual match at UC Irvine 


The Harvard men's tennis team is back in action this week with a dual match at UC Irvine today (March 13) followed by participation in the Mission Valley Spring Classic tournament in San Diego, Calif. (March 16-18). Harvard enters the second half of its season with a 7-6 record in dual matches, and defeated Boston University (6-1) in its most recent action on Feb. 26 at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.

The Last Time Out
The Harvard men's tennis team split a pair of dual matches against No. 44 Memphis (7-2) and Boston University (5-7), falling to the Tigers, 4-3 in a fight to the finish, before beating Boston University, 6-1, in the nightcap.

Against Memphis, Harvard earned the doubles point for the third time in the last four dual matches, including a fifth straight win for the 27th-ranked tandem in the nation, Kenny Tao and Brian Yeung. Harvard's No. 1 doubles pair won its fifth straight match, beating Kai Lemke/Andrew Watson, 7-5. That match clinched the doubles point after Christopher Morrow and Logan Weber took care of business in the No. 3 spot, winning 6-4.

In singles competition, Jean Thirouin and Christopher Morrow won matches in the No. 3 and No. 6 spots, while Memphis won singles matches at No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4.

Later in the day, Harvard improved to 14-0 all-time in dual matches against BU, as the Crimson swept all three doubles matches, and won five of six in singles play.

Related Stories: Men's Tennis Defeats BU, 6-1, After Narrow Loss to Memphis

Tao/Yeung Ranked No. 40 in ITA National College Tennis Rankings
Harvard's No. 1 doubles team, junior Kenny Tao and senior Brian Yeung, were ranked 40th in the nation in the latest ITA National College Tennis Rankings, released on Mar. 6. Tao and Yeung have a team-high nine wins on the season, and beat then-ranked No. 13 doubles pair Alexander Day and Luke Gamble from Princeton on Feb. 17, 6-4, at the ECAC Championships. Tao and Yeung have won five straight matches.

Fall Recap
Harvard competed in five fall events, with several strong performances to build momentum heading into the spring season. Senior Brian Yeung went a combined 5-1 at the Harvard Chowderfest in singles and doubles play on Sept. 16-18.

Junior Grant Solomon advanced to the finals of the top singles draw at the Ivy Plus Tournament on Sept. 23-25. Sophomore Andy Zhou won the Harvard Octoberfest on Oct. 15, and senior co-captain Sebastian Beltrame advanced to the quarterfinals in singles play at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships in late October. Junior Kenny Tao won the I-64 Challenge with a 3-0 record in singles play to cap off the fall season.

Captains Elected
Harvard men's tennis elected senior Sebastian Beltrame and junior Jean Thirouin as captains for the 2016-17 season. Beltrame and Thirouin, both ITA Scholar-Athletes, were regulars in the Crimson lineup last season.

Last Year
Harvard finished the 2015-16 season with a 16-11 record in dual match play, including a 10-4 mark at Murr Center. The Crimson narrowly missed a bid to the NCAA Tournament, notching a 5-6 record against teams ranked in the top 40 of the ITA rankings.

Meet the Freshmen
Harvard's freshman class was ranked No. 7 in the nation by  Galen Lee (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah), Lane Leschly (Atherton, Calif./Menlo), and Logan Weber (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) make up the Harvard men's tennis class of 2020.  

On the Sidelines
David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, enters his 41st season with the Crimson after coaching the men's tennis team to an 16-11 record last season. Fish owns an all-time dual record of 666-304-1 and has led the Crimson to a top-40 finish in four of the last five seasons.

The Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes.

Up Next
Harvard returns to the Murr Center Tennis Courts on March 24-25 for dual matches against Louisiana-Lafayette, St. John's and Amherst College.