New Haven, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team will open its 2010-2011 season this weekend at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational in Princeton, N.J.
The annual tournament, which consists of five singles draws, will begin Friday and continue through Sunday at Princeton's Jadwin Gymnasium and Lenz Tennis Center. In last year's kick-off tournament, Bulldog Matt Hoffman, a freshman at the time, won the D Singles Draw, while fellow freshman Marc Powers won the B Consolation Draw.
Powers, seeded No. 1 in the A Draw, will face Princeton's Matt Siow in the opening round, while Hoffman will also play in the A Draw, opening up against Eugen Brazdil of the University of Pennsylvania. In the B Draw, juniors Joel Samaha and Erik Blumenkranz will both face opening round tests against a pair of Lions from Columbia, matching up with Nathaniel Gery and Kevin Kung respectively. Seniors Ryan Berman and Jordan Abergel both play in the C Draw, opening their respective seasons with matches against Princeton Tigers Dan Richardson and Ryan Kim. Freshman Zachary Dean will begin his collegiate career by playing Penn's Dmitry Bury in the D Draw, while fellow freshman Tommy Ratchford opens against Matty Najfeld of St. John's in the E Draw.
This year's Eli squad should feature a combination of both youth and experience, with three seniors and four freshmen on the squad. For the freshmen – Patrick Chase of Portola Valley, Calif., Kyle Dawson of St. Charles, Ill., Dean of Commack, N.Y., and Ratchford, of Atlanta – the Farnsworth will represent their first college match play. Sophomore John Huang and senior Calvin Bennett round out a well-balanced Bulldog roster.
Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis, is looking forward to seeing what his team has to offer.
"As the first tournament of the year, I am excited to see how the freshmen do at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational. This tournament will tell us a lot about where we are and what we need to focus on moving forward."
With a healthy contingent of Ivy League foes competing at the Farnsworth (Penn, Princeton, Cornell and last year's Ivy League Champions, Columbia, will all send players to New Jersey), the Bulldogs should get a sense of their spot in the Ivy pecking order after this weekend's slate of matches is completed.
report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity