September 23, 2012

Yale Stands Out After Completion of USTA Collegiate Invitational

Brown Extends Undefeated Streak to Win 'D' Singles Draw

FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Yale men's tennis team emerged as a team with much promise upon the completion of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Collegiate Invitational on Sunday.  Playing at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, one of the most prestigious tennis venues in the world, the Bulldogs produced one main draw champion, freshman Jason Brown, and were represented in the finals of three other main draws on Sunday.

Brown will certainly be one to watch as the season progresses.  In staging a fine comeback to defeat Farleigh Dickinson's Yuri Grechenko in the final of the 'D' draw, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, Brown extends his undefeated streak to seven matches.  Though the USTA Invitational was only his second event at the collegiate level, Brown has already won five three-set matches, which is a testament to his physical and mental strength.  Brown was unable to make it a perfect weekend, however, as he and classmate Martin Svenning lost their doubles final to the No. 1 seeded team of Michael Lin and Benjamin Quazzo of Princeton, 8-5.

The two other Bulldogs who played in singles finals Sunday were less successful than Brown, but both still had excellent events.  Sophomore Daniel Faierman nearly produced a comeback in the 'E' draw final against Marist's Dalen Klassen, but ultimately lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.  Faierman nonetheless showed some impressive form throughout the tournament, especially in his semifinal comeback against Columbia's Daniel Morgan.  Senior John Huang, meanwhile, lost 6-1, 6-4 to Princeton's Matija Pecotic, the nation's No. 67 player and No. 2 seed.  Despite the loss, Huang produced perhaps the most memorable moment of the tournament when he upset the No. 38 player in the nation, St. John's Vlasko Mladenov, in a scintillating semifinal match, even after having failed to convert two match points in the second set.  Huang will undoubtedly draw confidence from winning a third-set tiebreak against Mladenov as he moves forward in the season.

With one main draw winner and three main draw finalists, Yale was one of the most successful teams in the USTA Collegiate Invitational, and, among Ivy League squads, had the most representation in main draw finals after Princeton.

The Elis' next scheduled event is the annual Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championships, which will be held at the University of Tulsa, in Oklahoma.  Pre-qualifying matches for this week-long event are set to begin on Saturday.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

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