Men's Tennis Continues Home Stretch with South Florida

Matchup Harvard vs. South Florida
Date Feb. 4, 2018
Time 2 p.m.
Venue Murr Center Tennis Courts
Video Ivy League Network
Series Harvard trails, 1-2
Last Meeting W, 5-2 (2007)

The Harvard men's tennis team will continue its home stretch this Sunday, Feb. 4 hosting South Florida in a 2 p.m. matchup. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.

Last Time Out
The Crimson heads into Sunday's match with a 5-0 record, adding three wins to its season last weekend at the Crimson Kick-Off. Harvard went undefeated against Auburn, Bryant and Utah, all by 5-2 margins. Grant Solomon had a standout weekend, posting a 3-0 record in singles and 2-0 in doubles with partner Christopher Morrow. Five members of the Crimson squad remain undefeated in singles play this spring, including Solomon, Galen Lee, Kenny Tao, Logan Weber and Robert Wrzesinski.

Scouting South Florida
The Bulls enter the weekend with a 1-3 record, recently falling to No. 9 University of Florida, 0-4 in the ITA Regional Championship. South Florida is led by Peter Bertran who is currently 2-1 in both singles and doubles play this spring with partner Jakub Wojcik. The Bulls and Crimson have not met since 2007, when Harvard was victorious in a 5-2 win.

Doubles Dominant
Harvard has been dominant in doubles play, winning the doubles point in all five of its matches this spring season. The Crimson's No. 1 doubles pair senior co-captain Kenny Tao and Logan Weber are 4-0 this season, while senior co-captain Jean Thirouin and Andy Zhou are 3-0 in the No. 2 spot.

In the Rankings
Andy Zhou was ranked 99th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on Nov. 15. followed closely behind by Andrew Ball who comes in tied at 110th. Kenny Tao was previously ranked 65th in the preseason poll released on Sept. 12.

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.

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.

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.

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 Robertas Wrzesinski (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.

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What's Next?
Harvard will travel to Michigan Saturday, Feb. 10 and Michigan State Sunday, Feb. 11 for two matches. The matches are slated to begin at 1 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.