Dunleavy, Sun Play Mixed Doubles Match With James Blake & Lindsay Davenport
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two members of the Yale tennis family had a special night at the Connecticut Open. Newcomers Caroline Dunleavy of the women's team and Michael Sun of the men's team teamed up with former professionals Lindsay Davenport and James Blake for a friendly mixed doubles match as part of the third annual Opening Night Presented by Yale.
Sun and Davenport edged Dunleavy and Blake 7-6 in the one-set exhibition.
Dunleavy, a Darien, Conn., native who transferred to Yale after one season at Notre Dame, was making her second appearance at the tournament. She received a wild card into the qualifying round and dropped a hard-fought match on Saturday.
"It was really an amazing experience to play [in the qualifiers]," she told reporters following the match. "It was really such a privilege. Since I was 7 or 8 years old, I grew up going to watch this tournament in New Haven. It's incredible to see the professionalism, the warmups, the nutrition and the coaching. It's really amazing for me to have the opportunity to see all that and be in the locker room with [the pros]."
Sun, who begins his first year at Yale this fall, brings strong credentials. He was selected as a five-star recruit on tennisrecruiting.net and had a ranking of No. 31 nationally and No. 1 in New Jersey in the class of 2018.
"It's unbelievable. It's definitely the biggest stadium I've ever played in," Sun said before the exhibition match. "Lindsay and James are legends."
Added Dunleavy, "I'm so excited. It's a really special way to join the Yale community."
Vicky Chun, Yale's Thomas A. Beckett Director of Athletics, and Handsome Dan XVIII also were part of the festivities. Both joined President Peter Salovey, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, Connecticut Open Director Anne Worcester, and other special guests in the kick-off ceremony, which featured tournament players in a flag procession alongside Yale international students and scholars from the competitors' home countries.
Handsome Dan XVIII also took time to pose for pictures with fans.
The tournament runs through Saturday. For more information, visit the Connecticut Open's website.