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Yale Tennis Association Hosts Banquet at Yale Club

Yale Tennis Association Hosts Banquet at Yale Club

May 13, 2009

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The Yale men's and women's tennis teams gathered together with alumni and family to celebrate the completion of another tennis season at the annual Yale Tennis Association banquet at the Yale Club Friday, May 1. Doug Robson '87, a freelance journalist based in San Francisco, Calif. who is the lead tennis writer for the USA Today, was the keynote speaker for the event.

The men's tennis assistant coach Christian Appleman summarized the men's season and recognized the team for all of its accomplishments before handing the microphone over to outgoing senior captain Jeff Dawson. Dawson introduced his fellow teammates and thanked all those who supported the men's tennis team.

For the women, head coach Danielle Lund McNamara provided a synopsis of the season and recognized the team's accomplishments. McNamara also talked about goals for next season and announced the exciting news that Yale was selected to host the ITA National Indoor Championships at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center November 5-8, 2009.

The second of three individual "grand slam"-like major tournaments, the ITA National Indoor Championships has a draw size of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams for both men and women. Because Yale will host the tournament, both the men's and women's teams will receive two automatic singles bids and one automatic doubles bid.

After speaking, McNamara introduced Yale's outgoing two-year captain senior Lilian Nguyen. Nguyen thanked all those who supported the women's tennis program and introduced her teammates.

Robson capped the night with the keynote address. A former Yale men's tennis player, Robson ventured into journalism and earned an M.S. in Journalism at Columbia University after graduating from Yale with a B.A. in history. Robson is the lead tennis writer for USA Today and his work has also appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, the San Jose Mercury News, Reuters and Tennis Magazine. Robson, who has earned numerous awards for his journalism work, told anecdotes while informing the audience about his career in journalism.

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity