No. 28 Men’s Tennis Prepares for Two Ivy League Contests

No. 28 Men’s Tennis Prepares for Two Ivy League Contests
Matchup Harvard at Brown
Date April 6, 2018
Time 2 p.m.
Venue Varisty Tennis Courts
Series Harvard leads, 79-7
Last Meeting W, 6-1 (2017)


Matchup Harvard vs. Yale
Date April 8, 2018
Time 1 p.m.
Venue Murr Center Tennis Courts
Series Harvard leads, 71-26
Last Meeting W, 4-2 (2017)

The Harvard men's tennis team will continue Ivy play this weekend, traveling to Brown on April 6, before returning home to face Yale on April 8. Friday's contest is slated to begin at 2 p.m., while Sunday's will start at 1 p.m and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.

Last Time Out
The Crimson opened conference play with a 4-0 win over No. 32 Dartmouth last Saturday, March 31, picking up its third-straight shutout and improving to 17-3 on the season. Harvard won the doubles point for the seventh time in the last nine matches when Grant Solomon and Andy Zhou defeated the Big Green's No. 2 doubles pair, 7-5. In singles, Robert Wrzesinski's eighth-straight win and Zhou's victory on court two put Harvard on the brink of victory before Kenny Tao clinched the match in a three-set triumph in the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.

Scouting Brown
Brown will play its first Ivy League match of the season against Harvard on Saturday, having registered a 14-5 record in non-conference action thus far. The Crimson will look to end the Bears undefeated home record who boast an 11-0 mark in Providence. The two teams previously met this season at the ECAC Championships where the Crimson defeated the Bears, 4-1, in the first round.

Scouting Yale
The Bulldogs are 10-6 approaching their start of the conference play, first hosting Dartmouth on Friday before traveling to Harvard. Yale snapped a two-match losing streak with a 4-3 win over St. John's last weekend to improve to 6-1 on home court. In last year's matchup, Harvard defeated the Bulldogs, 4-2, to win its 18th straight in the series.

In the Rankings
Harvard was ranked No. 28 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on April 3. The Crimson previously reached its highest ranking of the season at No. 23 the week of March 6. Harvard now ranks second among four Ivy institutions in the top 50, with Columbia ringing in at No. 15, Dartmouth at No. 33 and Cornell at No. 47.

Home Cooking
The Crimson is unstoppable in Cambridge, posting a 10-0 record so far after defeating Dartmouth last Saturday. Ten of Harvard's 17 wins this season have come on home court. Over the course of those 10 wins, Harvard has outscored its opponents 48-16.

Tao at the Top
Senior co-captain Kenny Tao has proved to be a force to be reckoned with this spring, owning a 10-0 record in the No. 1 singles spot. Tao's unbeaten streak dates back to Jan. 28 when he defeated Utah's No. 1 spot. All but two of Tao's victories have come in straight set wins over his opponents.

Doubles Dominant
Harvard has been dominant in doubles play, winning the doubles point in 16 of its 20 matches this spring season. The Crimson's No. 1 doubles pair Kenny Tao and Logan Weber lead the team with a 9-7 record, while Jean Thirouin and Andy Zhou boast an 11-9 mark.

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.

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?
The Crimson will travel to No. 15 Columbia and No. 47 Cornell, April 14-15. Both matches are set to begin at 1 p.m.