Bulldogs to Participate in USTA Collegiate Invitational

Tommy Ratchford. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tommy Ratchford. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Over 100 College Players to Compete at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a long but fruitful weekend at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational, the Yale men's tennis team will again hit the road Friday to join collegiate squads from across the Northeast in taking part in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Collegiate Invitational.  This three-day event will consist of nine singles draws and four doubles draws and will take place in Flushing, N.Y., at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the site of the US Open.

Yale is showing solid form going into this second tournament of the year, as nine members of the squad won at least one singles match at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational while the team's doubles pairings garnered a combined 10-3 win-loss record over the course of the event. 

Freshman Jason Brown was the breakout story of the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational, as he stormed to victory in his singles draw, beating players from Binghamton, Boston College and Princeton along the way.  He is the only Bulldog to start the season undefeated in singles.  Sophomores Daniel Faierman and Matt Saiontz, along with freshman Martin Svenning, also produced strong singles efforts at Princeton, and each will look to bring his best game to the prestigious Flushing Meadows venue.

The talented senior trio of captain Daniel Hoffman, John Huang and Marc Powers had mixed results at Princeton.  Hoffman won three of his four singles matches, but was forced to withdraw from doubles due to the injury his partner, Powers, sustained during a singles match.  Powers' injury will prevent him from playing on Friday.  Huang, despite also having to withdraw from a singles match at Princeton due to injury, will be playing at the USTA event.  Huang managed to progress to the final of the 'A' doubles draw at Princeton, along with his partner, junior Patrick Chase.  Huang and Chase scored a notable semifinal win over the pairing of Matt Siow and Matt Spindler, the No. 36 doubles team in the nation.  Given this confidence-boosting win, the Yale duo is sure to be a doubles team to watch at the National Tennis Center.

Another tandem showing impressive form is the team of junior Kyle Dawson and senior Zachary Dean.  The two veteran Bulldogs enter the USTA Collegiate Invitational having won four matches en route to claiming victory in the 'C' doubles draw at the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational.

In the 2011 USTA Collegiate Invitational, Dean was the champion of the 'G' singles draw, while Chase and classmate Tommy Ratchford  teamed up to make the final of the 'D' doubles draw.  Chase, Hoffman, Huang and sophomore Zachary Krumholz all won singles matches in last year's event.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity