Men’s Tennis Starts 2018 Campaign on the Road

Men’s Tennis Starts 2018 Campaign on the Road
Matchup Harvard at Southern Methodist
Date Jan. 19, 2018
Time 6 p.m. EST
Venue SMU Tennis Complex
Live Stats Harvard at Southern Methodist
Series Tied, 2-2
Last Meeting L, 3-4 (2001)


Matchup     Harvard at University of Texas,
Date Jan. 21, 2018
Time 1 p.m. EST
Venue UTA Tennis Center
Series 0-0 (First Meeting)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Kicking off its 2018 spring season on the road, the Harvard men's tennis team will travel to Texas to face Southern Methodist on Friday Jan. 19 and the University of Texas, Arlington on Sunday Jan. 21 in its first dual matches of the season. The contests are slated to begin at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m, respectively.

Last Time Out
The Crimson closed out its 2017 fall season at the Tribe Invitational hosted by William & Mary, Nov. 4-5. The men individually compiled 15-8 singles and 5-3 doubles records against competitors from six other teams. Andrew Ball (2-0) and Grant Solomon (3-0) finished the weekend undefeated in singles play, while Robert Wrzesinski and Constantin Zoske (3-0) went undefeated as partners in doubles.

Scouting SMU
The Mustangs' enter the weekend with a 1-0 record after defeating Abilene Christian University with a 4-0 sweep to start their spring season. SMU finished the 2016-17 season ranked 38th in the nation with a 13-12 overall record. Appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, the Mustangs' fell to Mississippi State in the first round, 0-4. Just two returners join an influx of seven newcomers to the roster.

Scouting UTA
The Mavericks will begin their spring season against Harvard on Saturday, Jan. 21 after posting a 14-9 overall record in the 2016-17 season. Doubles team and juniors Mauricio Del Rio and Guanarteme Nuez are ranked No. 48 in the nation in the ITA rankings, while Nuez comes it at No. 87 in singles rankings. UTA finished its season fifth in conference play after falling in the first round of the Sun Belt Championship to Georgia Southern, 4-3. 

Fall Recap
Through five tournament appearances this fall, Harvard had several standout performances to carry into the spring season. At Harvard Chowder Fest Sept. 15-17, Kenny Tao finished as runner-up in singles, while Christopher Morrow and Logan Weber claimed second in doubles. Lucas Koelle advanced to the final of both his singles and doubles draws at the Ivy Plus Invitational in late September.

At Octoberfest, all members of the Crimson squad went undefeated in both singles and doubles play. Jean Thirouin and Andy Zhao had strong showings at the ITA Regional Championships Oct. 19-24, both advancing to the semifinals of the main singles draw. To cap off the season, Andrew Ball preserved perfection, tallying a 3-0 mark and lifting his overall record to 6-0.

Scholarly Success
Xavier Gonzalez was named a 2018 Rhodes Scholar in November of 2017. As one of 31 Americans and four Harvard students chosen, Gonzalez will spend two years at the University of Oxford pursuing a Master of Science in mathematics. The Houston, Texas native is the fifth Harvard men's tennis player selected for the honor and one of 56 student-athletes at Harvard to earn the scholarship.

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). 

Last Year
Harvard finished its 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. 

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. 

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 returns home for Crimson Kick-Off Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-28. The men will compete against Auburn, Wichita St. and Utah on the Ivy League Network.