Incoming Yale Freshman Wins Yale Summer Championships
NEW HAVEN, Conn - Incoming freshman Marc Powers, a native of Stamford, Conn., won the men's open singles title at the Yale Summer Championships on July 12 to earn a spot in the men's singles qualifying draw of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament starting on Aug. 21.
Powers, who is part of Yale's No. 4 recruiting class in the nation, defeated former champion Kabelo Maleka 6-3, 6-4 in the finals of the Championships.
"I felt like I could win the tournament from the get go," Powers said. "I was confident that I could go in and win it."
The victory did not come without any drama as the magnitude of the victory hit Powers in the finals, he said.
"I was really excited," Powers said. "I didn't want to blow it. It was more of a mental game than an actual match in the finals."
Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of men's tennis, said Marc's victory was a result of his hard work.
"I am thrilled that Marc won the Yale Summer Championships and will receive a wild-card into the Pilot Pen qualifying tournament," Dorato said. "I look forward to seeing him battle one of the world's top professionals in a few weeks. Marc is a very talented player and his winning the Yale Summer Championships was well deserved for all the hard work he has put in to his game and his conditioning. This incredible opportunity and experience of playing in the Pilot Pen will make him all the better as he begins his college career for Yale this fall."
Despite the pressure he felt in the finals of the Yale Summer Championships, Powers said he is not nervous for the Pilot Pen qualifying tournament.
"I feel like I have no pressure," Powers said. "I couldn't be more of an underdog for the tournament. I'm going to give it my best. I'm going to train as hard as I can. I've always dreamed of playing the [Pilot Pen]. I feel like my hard work is paying off."
Powers, who won New England Sectional singles titles in 2004 and 2006 and the doubles title in 2004 and 2008, said this summer's experience will prepare him for the start to his Yale career.
"This tournament is going to prepare me for any tennis I'm going to see," Powers said. "The guys in the qualifying are top 150, top 200 in the world. The level I'm going to see is a level I've never seen before. This will be a test to see where I stand."
No matter what the result for him in the Pilot Pen Qualifying, Powers should be an instant contributor for the Bulldogs next season. Dorato said he looks forward to coaching Powers.
"A player of Marc's talent will be a great asset to our program for the next four years," Dorato said. "In addition to being a tremendous tennis player, Marc is also a great sportsman who will represent Yale in the best light."
Report Filed by Steven horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity