Harvard Winter Classic Opens 2011 Men's Tennis Season
Newcomer Jonathan Pearlman looks to help lead the Crimson in 2011 (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
Harvard welcomes George Washington and Marist to the Murr Center Tennis Courts for a season-opening invitational. Rather than team duals, the event is an opportunity for all three programs to pick up some early-season individual matches as the Crimson heads into dual play next week.
The Harvard men's tennis team begins the spring ranked No. 64 in the nation. The Crimson has two nationally-ranked doubles teams in Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen (No. 46) and Jonathan Pearlman and Christo Schultz (No. 50). Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien went 5-1 in singles play during the fall.
About George Washington
The Colonials return four players who were named to the Atlantic-10 all-conference team in 2010. Junior Ugur Atalay, a first team A-10 all-conference honoree last season, returns to lead a team that went 11-10 in 2010.
The Red Foxes lost to defending (and eventual repeat) champion Southern Cal in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last season, but will look to defend their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title for the fourth straight year in 2011.
Last Time Out
Facing two top-30 doubles teams in two days, the Harvard duo of Nguyen and Felton played as close as it could without winning at the ITA Indoor National Championship in November, falling 9-7 Friday to Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt of Cal, then losing a tight, 9-8 (7-5) tiebreaker to Amit Inbar and Nick Meister of UCLA.
The Crimson opens a stretch of seven home dual matches over a two-week period beginning 2p.m. Jan. 28, against Big Ten Conference member Purdue.