Graduating Senior Qualifies to Compete in NCAA Singles Championships Starting May 24
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Good news came for the Yale men's tennis team on Friday, as the Bulldogs learned that graduating senior Tyler Lu will compete in the prestigious NCAA Division I singles championships later this month. Lu, who enjoyed a historic senior year by winning Ivy League Player of the Year and reaching a national ranking of No. 63, will compete against the nation's best in a draw of 64 elite players. Lu's 26-6 overall record this past season, which included a victory over the No. 12 player in the nation (California's Florian Lakat), indicates that he has the potential to beat anybody in collegiate tennis.
When the selections for the NCAA Singles Championships were announced on May 3, Lu was originally on the alternate list; however, a withdrawal opened a spot for the Bulldog and granted him an at-large selection. Lu's selection makes him the latest Bulldog to qualify for the tournament since Brandon Wai in 2006. The tournament is scheduled for May 24-29 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia. Further information on the tournament, including the full selection list, can be found here.
Update: Lu is scheduled to face No. 3 seed Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest at 10:30 a.m. EST on May 24. Rain is in the weather forecast, so the match could be delayed or moved indoors; If outdoors, the match will be streamed live here: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/vid-stream-ncaa.html.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity