TEMPE, Ariz. – Concluding a remarkable final season with the Crimson, senior co-captain Kenny Tao of the Harvard men's tennis team was named the ITA Northeast Senior Player of the Year, as announced by the organization today. Tao helped lead the Crimson to its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance this year, finishing the season with a 21-7 overall record and 4-3 mark in the Ivy League.
Earlier this season, Tao earned All-Ivy first team honors in both singles and doubles, as the San Jose, Calif. native consistently played at No. 1 in both slots for the Crimson. Finishing the regular season with a 16-4 overall singles record and 13-2 mark in spring dual action, Tao was integral in helping Harvard earn its highest team ranking of the season at No. 23. In doubles play, Tao paired with Logan Weber to tally a team-leading 13-9 tally, including a 4-2 mark in conference play. Tao and Weber consistently earned a spot in the ITA Division I rankings, reaching as high as No. 40 in the nation.
Appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in his career, Tao clinched a 4-2 first round upset victory over No. 17 Oklahoma State with a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 win in the No. 1 singles spot over the Cowboy's 94-ranked Artur Dubinski. The senior also helped the Crimson claim the doubles point in the No. 1 slot with Weber as the duo earned a 6-3 win over OSU's 83rd-ranked doubles tandem.
Tao will graduate from Harvard with a concentration in applied mathematics this week.