Yale Plays Host to Region's Elite
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After 10 days of rest and preparation, the Yale men's tennis team is set to take part in the most anticipated event on the fall calendar, the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, they will not have to travel very far for this elite gathering, as the tournament for the Northeast region will take place at Yale's home courts. The action, which will feature the very best of collegiate tennis in the region, starts on Thursday, and will continue into next Tuesday.
The Yale squad as a whole heads into this event with a fresh and confident mindset, as the team's most recent outing—at the West Point Fall Quad some 10 days ago—saw several players record multiple singles and doubles victories. In all, the Elis notched a combined 24-7 record in singles and doubles that weekend. An in-form Yale lineup promises to make this week's tournament a must-see for the home crowd.
Freshman Tyler Lu is riding an impressive seven-match winning streak in singles, having come out on top in his bracket at the Ivy Plus Invitational and having gone undefeated at the West Point Fall Quad. Lu will be relishing the chance to extend his unbeaten run on familiar territory at this top-notch event. Also on singles winning streaks are Lu's classmate, Alex Hagermoser, and junior Zachary Krumholz, both of whom competed well at West Point. Overall, the Bulldogs, at all levels of experience, seem to have perfected their form in singles just in time for the Northeast Regional tournament, as senior captain Kyle Dawson, junior Daniel Faierman, sophomore Jason Brown and freshman Photos Photiades all picked up wins at the Fall Quad.
Yale's main draw entries for the upcoming tournament are Dawson, Lu, Photiades and sophomore Martin Svenning. Lu's performance so far this season has earned him a 9-16 seed. Brown, Faierman, Hagermoser and Krumholz, all in the qualifying bracket, will start battling on Thursday for the right to join their teammates in the main draw.
Yale's doubles form also appears to be shaping up nicely, as the squad's most experienced doubles player, senior Patrick Chase, managed to score three victories with three different teammates at West Point. Brown and Dawson went undefeated in doubles as well. Also contributing to Yale's solid showing in doubles at the Fall Quad were the same players who displayed successful performances in singles: Brown, Faierman, Hagermoser, Krumholz and Lu.
The Bulldogs have three tandems entered in the doubles draw. Chase and Dawson will be forming an all-senior team, Brown and Hagermoser will be combining their talents, and Lu and Svenning will be paired up as another freshman-sophomore combination.
The USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, apart from showcasing a great deal of collegiate talent all in one place for six days, is significant because the champions from this event will gain automatic entry into the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to be held from Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. This prestigious tournament features players from every region and level of collegiate tennis around the country.
For now, however, the Elis' focus is in New Haven, where the regional competition will be fierce. Of the squad's current players, Brown, Chase, Svenning and junior Matt Saiontz all notched main draw wins at the Northeast Regional tournament last fall. As for the team's alumni, the 2012 edition saw the talented duo of Daniel Hoffman '13 and Marc Powers '13 power its way to the doubles final for the second straight year.
The draws for the 2013 Northeast Regional Championships can be found at the following links:
All matches will be streamed live here.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity