Hoffman and Huang Look to Qualify for Main Draw Slots
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two members of the Yale men's tennis team will have the opportunity to shine at the upcoming Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championships. This eight-day event begins on Saturday and takes place at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Senior captain Daniel Hoffman and classmate John Huang will be joining more than 400 collegiate tennis players from around the country at this prestigious tournament.
Hoffman, ranked No. 114 in the nation in singles, will be playing in the singles qualifying draw at the University of Tulsa. He enters this event with a 4-3 singles record on the season. Hoffman will be looking to improve upon his performance in the 2011 ITA All-American Championships, in which he lost both singles matches he played. Hoffman has gained ground since last year's tournament, however, as evidenced by his undefeated streak through last season's Ivy League stretch.
Hoffman will also be taking part in the doubles qualifying draw. Hoffman will be partnering with Huang, a recent replacement for Marc Powers, who withdrew due to injury. Huang, of course, is an excellent doubles player in his own right, having reached the final of the 'A' doubles draw of the Princeton-Farnsworth Invitational with junior Patrick Chase. In addition to playing doubles, Huang, ranked No. 113 in the nation in singles, will be joining Hoffman in the singles qualifying draw. Huang goes into the ITA All-American Championships on the heels of a solid campaign at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Collegiate Invitational, in which he made the final of the top singles flight by defeating the No. 38 player in the nation, St. John's Vlasko Mladenov, in a dramatic three-set semifinal. Huang won three matches in last year's ITA All-American Championships to advance to the second round of the qualifying draw.
Pre-qualifying matches for the ITA All-American Championships begin on Saturday. Hoffman and Huang will compete in their qualifying matches starting Monday, and will likely kick off their doubles campaign on Tuesday. Both Hoffman and Huang will be playing to earn one of the 16 spots in the main singles draw. The pair of seniors also hopes to be one of the eight teams to gain entry into the main doubles draw.
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity