August 1, 2013

Yale Set to Meet Familiar and New Foes in 2013-14 Season

Familiar Slate of Tournaments Scheduled for Fall Season; Spring Stretch Includes 25 Regular Season Matches

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – As the Yale men's tennis team gears up for its 2013-14 season, it can already look forward to a host of challenging and exciting matchups.  The fall portion of the season contains its usual parade of tournaments, with a couple of new additions, while the spring stretch pits Yale against a number of old and new opponents, culminating in the all-important Ivy League season in April. 

The Bulldogs' season will kick off on Sept. 13 at a familiar event, the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational, where they will immediately face opponents from fellow Ancient Eight schools as well as other top-notch schools.  The Elis will then get a full taste of what it will take to win this year's Ivy League title at the Ivy Plus Invitational, a newer event on Yale's calendar. 

After a busy September, October and November, the Bulldogs will have a break from competitive match play until the start of the second half of their season in January.  The upcoming year marks the first time in five years that Yale has not played its opening regular season match at home, with the first two matches taking place in Virginia.  Yale's regular season begins on Jan. 18 against Virginia Tech, and the team's first Ivy League match is on Apr. 5 against Penn. 

The Yale squad is once again under the tutelage of Alex Dorato, Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis.  He is assisted by Christian Appleman.  The team is led this year by captain Kyle Dawson and his classmates, Patrick Chase and Tommy Ratchford.  The roster includes eight returning players and two incoming freshmen, Tyler Lu and Photos Photiades.

Here is a closer look at the Yale men's tennis 2013-14 schedule:

 

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity