September 13, 2012

Bulldogs to Begin Season at Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational

Yale to Face Competition from 13 Other Schools

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's tennis team will commence its 2012-13 season at the annual Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational on Friday at 9 a.m. at Princeton's Lenz Tennis Center.  The three-day tournament will consist of six singles draws of 16 players each and three doubles draws of 16 pairs each.  Players from 14 different schools in the Northeast, including Yale, will be competing.

The Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational is likely to prove a good test of form for Yale's squad, as the competition will include players from four other Ivy League schools—Columbia, Cornell, Penn and Princeton—as well as three other teams that Yale is scheduled to play in the spring—Binghamton, Farleigh Dickinson and St. John's.  Other schools participating in the weekend-long event are Boston College, Bucknell, Buffalo, Georgetown, Penn State and Wake Forest.

Senior captain Daniel Hoffman leads a Yale team that consists of 10 returning players and two newcomers.  Hoffman comes into his final season ranked No. 114 in the nation, having compiled a superb 30-8 mark in singles last year, including a perfect 7-0 Ivy League record.  His all-time win-loss record as a Bulldog stands at 84-25, and he will seek to maintain his presence as both a leader and a reliable competitor.  The doubles team of Hoffman and classmate Marc Powers received a preseason national ranking of No. 54, and will bid in the upcoming season to secure its status as one of the best doubles teams in the Ivy League.  The duo amassed a 26-7 record last year, including an Ivy League-best 5-2 mark.  In singles, Powers aims to gain the form that saw him attain a 9-4 record in the fall of 2011.  He goes into his senior season with a 67-38 career win-loss mark.  Another member of the class of 2013, John Huang, will enter the season ranked No. 113 in the nation in singles.  Huang, armed with a powerful and consistent baseline game, achieved a 25-9 singles record last season, and at one point, won nine consecutive matches, all in straight sets.  Zachary Dean, who went 10-4 in singles last year, rounds out this exceptionally strong senior class.

Kyle Dawson, who played consistently at the No. 5 singles position last season, is one of three members of the class of 2014 on the team.  Dawson enters his penultimate year coming off a successful 19-16 singles season.  Although the tandem of Hoffman and Powers led the Elis' doubles effort last season, the team of Patrick Chase and Huang often helped Yale secure the all-important doubles point.  The duo amassed a 22-14 record last season, and had winning records at both the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions.  Tommy Ratchford completes the trio of Yale juniors on the team this year.  Ratchford demonstrated his reliability as a doubles player last season, going 8-3 when partnering with a teammate.

Sophomore Zachary Krumholz played much of last season at the No. 6 singles position, and will look to build on the experience gained from posting a 19-10 singles record in his rookie season.  Classmates Daniel Faierman and Matt Saiontz also bring winning records in both singles and doubles into their second seasons as Bulldogs.

Freshmen Jason Brown and Martin Svenning will get an immediate taste of college tennis at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational.  Despite their status as newcomers, both have already posted impressive results at the junior level in both singles and doubles, and will likely be eager to showcase the talent they bring to the Yale team.

Alex Dorato, Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis, enters his 21st season at the helm of the Bulldogs' squad, coming on the heels of a season that saw him become the all-time leader in coaching wins for Yale men's tennis.  Dorato is assisted by Christian Appleman.

The Bulldogs posted an overall winning record (13-11, 2-5 Ivy League) for the 2011-12 season, but will be keen to improve upon their conference results in the hopes of claiming the Ivy League title.  As always, the fall season will largely consist of various team events and tournaments that will allow players to hone their skills in preparation for the spring season's matches, and ultimately, the all-important Ivy League stretch in April.

The Elis will look to use the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational as a springboard to future success, much like they did last season.  In the 2011 tournament, Hoffman and Powers cemented themselves as a formidable pair by winning the 'A' doubles draw.  In addition, Powers reached the final of the 'A' singles draw, Hoffman won the 'A' consolation draw, the team of Faierman and Krumholz won the 'B' doubles draw and the duo of Chase and Dawson won the 'C' doubles consolation draw.      

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity