Elis Welcome Two in Class of 2016 to the Tennis Court

The Yale men's tennis team. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale men's tennis team. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Brown and Svenning to Join a Strong Upperclassmen Line-up

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team, coming off a winning season, will add two highly accomplished players in the class of 2016 to its roster for the upcoming 2012-13 season.  The two newcomers bring two very different styles of play to the Bulldogs' squad: one is a steady baseliner while the other displays an aggressive baseline game.  Both, however, share the goal of helping Yale claim the Ivy League title.

The incoming players, one of whom hails from Sweden, will join a squad of 10 returning players that finished with a winning record (13-11) last season under the leadership of Alex Dorato, Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis.  The team retains many of its top players, including senior captain Daniel Hoffman and classmates John Huang and Marc Powers, all of whom consistently played in the top three singles spots last season.  The team did, however, lose two seniors, 2011-12 captain Erik Blumenkranz '12 and Joel Samaha '12, who together formed a reliable doubles team.

Fortunately, the loss of these two standout alumni will be offset by the incoming freshmen, both of whom have achieved great success in both singles and doubles at the highest echelons of junior tennis.

Here is a closer look at the newest members of the Yale men's tennis team:

Jason Brown

Deerfield, IL

Deerfield High School

Was ranked in top 30 in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net by end of summer 2011 ...  Nearly pulled off huge upset in second round at Kalamazoo in 2011, extending the No. 2 seed to three sets ...  Solid baseliner who seldom gives up a free point ... Has won a national open in both singles and doubles ... Received a National Merit Scholarship ... School's salutatorian.

Martin Svenning

Malmo, Sweden

ProCivitas Privata Gymnasium

Ranked No. 2 junior in Sweden for 2011 ...  Southpaw with an aggressive baseline game ... Plays for top tennis club in Sweden, Fair Play TK, and was awarded "Player of the Year" for 18 & under ... Took third at Swedish Indoor Junior Championships in singles and third in doubles at Swedish Outdoor Junior Championships in 2011.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity