September 21, 2011

Yale Men's Tennis to Play USTA Invitational

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coming off a strong opening weekend at the Princeton-Farnsworth Tournament, members of the Yale men's tennis team will compete in the USTA Invitational in Flushing, N.Y., on Friday. The 128-player draw will bring together the top national players, who are divided into nine singles flights for the weekend-long tournament. The tournament is held at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center, the site of the U.S. Open tournament.

Last season, three Bulldogs won their draws at the USTA Invitational. Junior Daniel Hoffman won the "A" Singles draw after winning all four of his matches in straight sets. Senior captain Erik Blumenkranz took home the "B" Singles draw title. Hoffman and classmate Marc Powers teamed up to win the "A" Doubles draw as well.

Hoffman and Powers have once again shown their skills as a doubles team this season by kicking off the fall season with a first place finish in the "A" Doubles draw at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational. Powers is also coming off a second-place finish in the "A" Singles draw at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational.

Alex Dorato, the Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis, is excited to see the team off to a good start, and is looking forward to seeing what his team has to offer for the rest of the season. "Our goal this season is to win the Ivy League.    I believe that we have the talent to do it.  We have a strong crew of returning players (the top 5 from last year's starting singles line-up) along with a solid freshmen class.  We also have Kyle Dawson back who sprained his ankle in February then missed the rest of the season."

Dorato believes "the two keys to our success will be to develop solid doubles combinations and to stay healthy.    This fall we'll get a good idea of where we stand as we will play 3 to 4 tournaments in which other Ivy teams will be participating.  At the conclusion of the fall we'll re-evaluate where we need to focus our energy in order to put us in a position to win the Ivy title."

Report issued by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity