Men’s Tennis Travels to Ivy Plus Invitational

Men’s Tennis Travels to Ivy Plus Invitational

Harvard men's tennis will send 13 student-athletes to the Ivy Plus Invitational, including co-captains Kenny Tao and Jean Thirouin (Gil Talbot). 

Matchup                          Ivy Plus Invitational
Date                                      Sept. 22-24 2017         
Time                                                      All Day
Venue            Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center
                                          Lenz Tennis Center
Draw                                Tournament Bracket

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team will travel to the Ivy Plus Invitational this weekend, co-hosted by Princeton and Yale at the Lenz Tennis Center in Princeton, N.J. and the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn. The tournament is scheduled to begin play on Friday, Sept. 22 and conclude on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Ivy Plus Invitational Schedule
Friday, Sept. 22
Matches begin at 9 a.m. 

Saturday, Sept. 23
Matches begin at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24
Matches begin at 8:30 a.m.

About the Ivy Plus Invitational
The Crimson will send 13 student-athletes to the Ivy Plus Invitational. Kenny Tao, Jean Thirouin, Lucas Koelle and Galen Lee will travel to Princeton, while Christopher Morrow, Constantin Zoske, Robertas Vrzesinski, Andy Zhou, Grant Solomon, Logan Weber, Andrew Ball, Michael Peters and Xavier Gonzalez will compete at Yale.

Harvard will face players from 16 other schools including Baylor, Brown, Buffalo, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Florida, Monmouth, UNC Asheville, Penn, Penn State, Princeton, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Yale. The invitational features 21 ITA-ranked singles players and eight ranked doubles pairs.

Last Time Out
The Crimson hosted the Harvard Chowder Fest tournament Sept. 15-17 and saw action against Buffalo, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Senior co-captain Kenny Tao finished as runner-up in singles, while junior Christopher Morrow and sophomore Logan Weber claimed the runner-up spot in doubles.

Last Year
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.

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.

Captains Elected
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 their 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.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!

What's Next?
Harvard will host Boston University and Tufts in Octoberfest on Saturday, October 7.