Versatile Junior Coming off Undefeated Ivy League Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team gathered Tuesday to elect its captain for the 2012-13 season, with the honor going to junior Daniel Hoffman (Atherton, Calif.). His election comes on the heels of a very successful individual season for the rising senior.
"It is truly an incredible honor for me to be elected captain of the Yale tennis team," said Hoffman. "All the members of the tennis team have been my closest friends in my three years here at Yale, and it is impossible for me to describe how much the team means to me. Every member of my class would have been a great captain, which is a testament both to the character of the men on this team as well as the bond that we all share."
Hoffman, who will be the second-straight Bulldog captain from California in succeeding the 2011-12 captain Erik Blumenkranz (Portola Valley, Calif.), is a three-year member of the varsity team and two-time ITA Scholar Athlete (2011-12 awards have not yet been released). Hoffman has been an integral part of the Yale team for the past three years as both a singles and doubles player. After an outstanding 2011-12 season in which he posted a 21-3 singles record and a 17-4 doubles record with fellow junior Marc Powers (Stamford, Conn.), his all-time singles and doubles records now stand at 84-25 and 64-29, respectively. In addition, Hoffman was ranked as high as No. 108 in the nation in singles this season and peaked at No. 67 in doubles, along with Powers. He was the only Yale player to go undefeated (7-0) in Ivy League singles play this season. During this streak, he won four consecutive three-set matches, which is a testament to both his mental and physical strength.
"I am both excited and humbled by the confidence my teammates have placed in me by electing me captain," added Hoffman. "I will do my best to lead alongside my fellow seniors next year and continue to promote the trust and friendship that we all share. I already can't wait for next year because I am excited at what lies in store for the team."
Hoffman, an economics major in Jonathan Edwards College, was honored last season with the George A. Phelps '95 Memorial Award, which goes to the player who has shown the greatest improvement during the year. He was also named to the First Team All-Ivy in doubles and Second Team All-Ivy in singles in his sophomore season. In the 2011 fall season, he won the Connecticut State Championship in singles.
When asked about his outlook for the team next year, Hoffman said, "This year's captain Erik Blumenkranz and fellow senior Joel Samaha did a fantastic job of working together to lead our team to a much improved season from a year ago, and I hope to be able to do the same with my fellow classmates next year. I believe that we have the talent, camaraderie and team leadership to have the one of the most successful Yale tennis teams in recent memory."
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity