Powers Playing in Pilot Pen Main Draw
Yale Sophomore Teams With Paige in Doubles
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Marc Powers (Stamford, Conn.), a sophomore on the Yale tennis team, will get a jump on his teammates for important match time, and he will do it on his home courts. Powers, who will team with Hopkins star Nolan Paige, competes in the doubles main draw of the Pilot Pen Tournament that takes place Aug. 20 – 28 at the Connecticut Tennis Center on the campus of Yale University. The two local standouts received the wild card berth yesterday.
Powers, who played one match in the 2009 Pilot Pen qualifier after winning the Yale Summer Championships Tournament, went on to become the first Ivy League male tennis player to be named player of the year and rookie of the year the same season. He was obviously a unanimous first-team All-Ivy singles selection.
Yale's No. 1 singles player has had great success in doubles. As a high school senior, Powers teamed with future teammate John Huang '13 to capture the Junior Supernational Winter Championships. Powers, ranked No. 1 in New England for seven straight years, and former Yale captain Connor Dawson '10 reached the semifinals of the 2009 Wilson/ITA Northeast Regional Championships.
"This is an unbelievable opportunity for Marc to play doubles in the main draw of the Pilot Pen," said Alex Dorato, head coach of the Yale men's tennis team. "This is wonderful exposure for the Yale Tennis program. It will excite our community and alumni bases. I look forward to seeing a strong turnout for their first match."
Powers is the first Yale undergraduate to compete in New Haven's professional tennis event. He and Paige will likely play their first match on Monday.
Paige, No. 1 in the USTA 16-year-old boys division, placed fourth at the 2010 U.S. Junior Nationals. He is a Fairfield native whose school is a few racquet swings from the Yale courts. Paige was the first Hopkins player to win the Fairchester League Singles Title in 2009.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director