The Crimson will send four student-athletes to the tournament, including co-captain Jean Thirouin (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team will send four players to the ITA Regional Championships this week at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn. Lucas Koelle, Grant Solomon, Jean Thirouin, and Andy Zhou all secured a spot in the tournament that runs from Wednesday, Oct. 18 through Monday, Oct. 23.
About the ITA Regional Championships
The ITA Regional Championships feature the top men's and women's players across the country, including over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II and III schools competing across 85 ITA Regional Championships. Harvard will compete in the Northeast division tournament, hosted by Yale this year.
Last Time Out
The Crimson hosted Boston University and Tufts in the Octoberfest Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7. Sweeping the competition by winning six of six match ups, all members of the Crimson squad went undefeated in both singles and doubles play.
In the Rankings
Kenny Tao was ranked 65th in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on Sept. 12. Tao, a first team All-Ivy League selection in both singles and doubles, finished the 2016-17 season with a 21-10 mark in singles play.
Harvard finished the 2016-17 season with an 18-9 record, including a 6-1 mark in conference play. A seven-game win streak between the period of March 24 and April 16 elevated the Crimson to a .667-win percentage and its 29th Ivy League title.
The Crimson elected Jean Thirouin and Kenny Tao as captains for the 2017-18 season. Thirouin returns for his second season as captain after posting a 22-10 mark in singles play last season. Tao finished the 2017 spring season with a record of 14-7 in singles play, including a 9-5 mark in the No. 1 spot.
Meet the Freshmen
The Harvard men's tennis class of 2021 includes Lucas Koelle (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Laurel Springs), Robertas Vrzesinski (Vilnius, Lithuania/Vilniaus Adomo Mickeviciaus Gimnazija), and Constantin Zoske (Dusseldorf, Germany/St. Ursula-Gymnaisum).
Leading the Way
David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, enters his 42nd season with the Crimson after coaching the men's tennis team to an 18-9 record last season and helping the Crimson to its 29th Ivy League title. Fish owns an all-time dual record of 684-313-1 and has led the Crimson to a top-40 finish in five of the last six seasons.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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Harvard will compete in the I-64 Challenge at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., Nov. 3-5.