Men’s Tennis Starts Season Strong at Napa Valley Classic

Harris Walker Action Shot
Photo Credit: Sharon Ellman

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. – The Harvard men's tennis team kicked off its fall season with a strong showing at the Napa Valley Classic, Sept. 13-15. The Crimson faced individual competitors from California, Baylor, Michigan, Pacific and the USTA Junior National Team during the three days of singles and doubles play.

"There is nothing like getting the chance to compete against the top teams in the country early in the season. It gives us a lot valuable information about what we need to work on and what holds up under pressure. The Napa event is one of the crown jewels of the fall season and we are so grateful to everyone who had a hand in hosting us over the amazing weekend," said the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb.

First-years Henry von der Schulenburg and Alan Yim both picked up wins in their first matches in the Crimson uniform. Von der Schulenburg defeated Mattias Siimar of Michigan in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) and Yim took down Mert Zincirli of Cal also in straight sets (6-1, 6-3). On day two, the Crimson captured five out of six singles victories with wins from juniors Robert Wrzesinski and Constantin Zoske, sophomore Harris Walker and first-years Ronan Jachuck and Yim.

Closing out the tournament for Harvard was first-year Jachuck who advanced to face Cal's Yuta Kikuchi, former PAC 10 Rookie of the Year, in the Wild Card Shootout Finals. To qualify for the shootout, Jachuck defeated Andrew Fenty of Michigain straight sets (6-2,6-4). Fenty is the reigning ITA and Big Ten Rookie of the Year.

"It was great to see all the first-years competing side by side – getting their first action in the Crimson uniform", commented Coach Rueb. "Alan, Henry and Ronan all competed with great heart and showed a poise beyond their years."

Harvard Highlights

  • Yim had two big wins on the weekend defeating both Mert Zincirli and Nick Beaty of Michigan in straight sets.
  • Jachuck, Wrzesinski and Yim all advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Wild Card Shootout with Jachuck advancing to the finals.

Up Next

The Crimson will travel to Princeton, N.J. for the Ivy Plus tournament, Sept. 20-22.

Results

Day 3

Singles
Henry von der Schulenburg (HARV) def. Logan Zapp (USTA), 6-2, 6-1
Sven Lah (BAY) def. Robert Wrzesinski (HARV), 6-3, 6-3
Alan Yim (HARV) def. Nick Beaty (MICH), 6-3, 6-4
Damon Kesaris (SMC) def. Harris Walker (HARV), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5)
Ronan Jachuck (HARV) def. Andrew Fenty (MICH), 6-2, 6-4
Can Kaya (CAL) def. Constantin Zoske (HARV), 7-5, 4-6, 6-2

2019 Solinco Wild Card Shoot Out

Quarterfinals
Damon Kesaris (SMC) def. Alan Yim (HARV), 10-3
Yuta Kikuchi (CAL) def. Robert Wrzesinki (HARV), 10-8
Ronan Jachuck (HARV) def. Ross Watson (PAC), 10-6

Semifinals
Ronan Jachuck (HARV) def. Stefan Leustian (USTA), 10-2

Finals
Yuta Kikuchi (CAL) def. Ronan Jachuck (HARV), 10-8

Day 2

Singles
Alan Yim (HARV) def. Hugo Hashimoto (USTA), 7-6(2), 6-7(7), 6-4
Yuta Kikuchi (CAL) def. Henry von der Schulenburg (HARV), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Constantin Zoske (HARV) def. Samir Banerjee (USTA), 6-3, 6-4
Robert Wrzesinski (HARV) def. Aryan Chaudhary (USTA), 6-2, 6-4
Ronan Jachuck (HARV) def. Luke Casper (USTA), 6-4, 6-3
Harris Walker (HARV) def. Cash Hanzlik (USTA), 6-4, 6-1

Doubles
Leustian/Chadhaury (USTA) def. von der Schulenburg/Walker (HARV), 6-4
Wrzesinski/Jachuck (HARV) def. Hjorth/Watson (PAC), 7-6(4)

Day 1

Singles
Henry von der Schulenburg (HARV) def. Mattias Siimar (MICH), 6-2, 6-2
Ross Watson (PAC) def. Constantin Zoske (HARV), 6-2, 7-5
Alan Yim (HARV) def. Mert Zincirli (CAL), 6-1, 6-3
Robert Wrzesinski (HARV) def. James Watt (SMC), 6-4, 6-2
Jack Molloy (CAL) def. Ronan Jachuck (HARV), 6-3, 6-4
Paul Barretto (CAL) def. Harris Walker (HARV) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(6)

Doubles
Hanzlik/Zapp (USTA) def. Walker/von der Schulenburg (HARV), 6-3
Yim/Zoske (HARV) def. Wright/N. Barretto (CAL), 6-4
Kaya/Kikuchi (CAL) def. Wrzesinski/Jachuck (HARV), 7-5