Harvard men's tennis will open Ivy League play on Saturday at Dartmouth. (Dean Bauer)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - Coming off a weekend sweep of dual matches against Louisiana, Buffalo, and Amherst, the Harvard men's tennis team (12-8) will kick off Ivy League play on Sunday at 2 p.m. with a road dual match against Dartmouth (7-10). Harvard owns a 72-9 all-time record in dual matches against the Big Green. Sunday's match will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Last Time Out
Harvard swept dual matches against Buffalo and Amherst last Saturday (March 25) at the Murr Center Tennis Courts to improve to 12-8 on the season. In the first dual match of the day, Harvard needed junior co-captain Jean Thirouin's three-set win at No. 2 singles to clinch the match a 4-3.
The Crimson clinched the doubles point in that match, as wins by 57th-ranked doubles pair Kenny Tao and Brian Yeung (6-4), and Logan Weber and Christopher Morrow (6-4) helped Harvard get off to a good start. For both pairs it was their 13th wins of the season.
In the afternoon match against Amherst College, with Harvard's lineup shuffled, the Crimson swept doubles matches with Tao and Weber teaming for the first time this season to earn a 6-2 win at No. 1. Peters and Thirouin won at No. 2 doubles, 6-4, and Samuel Beren partnered with Zhou to win 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.
In singles play, freshman Galen Lee clinched the match with a three-set win at No. 3 singles over Amherst's Anton Zykov, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
In The Rankings
Harvard's No. 1 doubles team, junior Kenny Tao and senior Brian Yeung, were ranked 57th in the nation in the latest ITA National College Tennis Doubles Rankings, released on March 20. Tao and Yeung have a team-high 13 wins on the season (13-5), and beat No. 13 doubles pair Alexander Day and Luke Gamble from Princeton on Feb. 17, 6-4, at the ECAC Championships. Tao and Yeung are 8-2 in their last 10 matches.
Beltrame Working as Mental Coach
During the 2016-17 Harvard men's tennis season, internationally renowned tennis performance expert Lorenzo Beltrame will work with the team. Beltrame has served as the Director of Athletic Performance Coaching at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute in Orlando since 1996. He has worked with dozens of ATP and WTA professionals during his career, including Jim Courier and Pete Sampras. He was named Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Professional of the Year in 2016. Lorenzo is also the father of Harvard men's tennis captain Sebastian Beltrame.
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.
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.
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 TennisRecruiting.net. 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 678-312-1 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.
Harvard continues Ivy League play next Friday with a dual match at home against Brown at 2 p.m. The match will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.