Harvard men's tennis continues Ivy League play this weekend against Brown and Yale (Dean Bauer)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - Harvard men's tennis (13-8, 1-0 Ivy) brings a four match winning streak into the weekend. The Crimson will host Brown on Friday (April 7) and will travel to Yale on Sunday (April 9).
The Last Time Out
Harvard opened conference play with a 4-1 win over Dartmouth extending its dual match winning streak to four games.
Harvard won the doubles point for the ninth time in the last 10 matches, then clinched the victory with wins at No. 1, No. 3, and No. 6 singles coming from Kenny Tao, Brian Yeung, and Christopher Morrow, respectively.
In The Rankings
Harvard's No. 1 doubles team, junior Kenny Tao and senior Brian Yeung, were ranked 60th in the nation in the latest ITA National College Tennis Rankings, released on April. Tao and Yeung have 13 wins on the season, 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.
Harvard Doubles Dominant
Harvard has been dominant in doubles play this season, winning the doubles point in nine of the last 10 matches. Overall, the Crimson is 43-17 (.717) in doubles matches this season. While Harvard's top pair of Tao and Yeung has been solid (13-5) it has been strong one through three. Harvard's No. 2 pair, Sebastian Beltrame and Jean Thirouin (7-1) and No. 3 pair, Christopher Morrow and Logan Weber (14-3, won eight straight) have been equally strong.
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.
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 679-312-1 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 will continue Ivy League play on Sunday with a road dual match at Yale set to begin at 2 p.m..