September 16, 2012

Elis Finish Strong at Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational

Brown Wins His Singles Draw, Dawson and Dean Victorious in Doubles

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale men's tennis team finished its first event of the 2012-13 season on Sunday at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational.  The tournament, which began on Friday, concluded on a high note for the Elis, as one of the squad's newcomers finished the weekend undefeated in singles and two veteran players highlighted Yale's doubles prowess.  As a team, the Bulldogs went undefeated in singles matches on Sunday and had yet another strong doubles showing.

Freshman Jason Brown became the champion of the Jadwin singles draw when his would-be opponent, Eric Rubin of Columbia, withdrew prior to the final due to injury.  Despite this walkover, Brown's victories en route to the final showed why he is one to watch as the season progresses.  After coming through his opening round match in three sets, Brown steamrolled to the final with the loss of only eight games between his quarterfinal and semifinal matches.

Brown was not the only Bulldog in singles action Sunday, as three other Yale players who had lost in the quarterfinals of their respective main draws were able to get in some match play.  Sophomore Daniel Faierman defeated St. John's Mark Mozer 6-4, 6-1, while senior captain Daniel Hoffman overcame Boston College's Jonathan Raude by the same score.  Brown's classmate, Martin Svenning, rounded out a dominant day by the Bulldogs in singles with a big confidence-boosting victory over Matt Siow of Princeton, 7-6(7), 7-5.

Junior Kyle Dawson and senior Zachary Dean joined Brown as champions of a main draw, as the two teamed up to defeat Boston College's Kyle Childree and Matt Wagner 8-5 in the final of the 'C' doubles draw.  The other Bulldog team in a main draw final, the pairing of junior Patrick Chase and senior John Huang, had scored a significant upset in the 'A' doubles draw over the No. 36 Princeton team of Siow and Matt Spindler in the semifinals on Saturday, but were unable to come through again, eventually succumbing to Princeton's Zack McCourt and Matija Pecotic, 8-4.  Nonetheless, by winning one doubles draw and finishing runner-up in another, the Bulldogs put forth the most successful doubles effort of any squad in the event, which bodes well for the Ivy League season, in which winning the doubles point is so crucial to victory.

The Bulldogs will take part in the three-day National Tennis Center Collegiate Invitational next weekend, starting on Friday.  This annual event is hosted by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.  

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

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