Bulldogs Set to Compete in Annual Invitational Both at Home and Away
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After an impressive opening weekend at the Penn Invitational in which the Bulldogs outclassed Denver, Georgetown and William & Mary, the Yale men's tennis team will return to action this weekend to compete in the annual Ivy Plus Invitational. This year's Ivy Plus will be hosted at two sites – Princeton's Lenz Tennis Center and Yale's home courts – and will feature elite competitors from 21 different schools, including all eight Ivy League squads (the full list of teams is posted below).
Like previous years, this year's Ivy Plus draws some of the top players in the nation, with 21 nationally ranked players slated to compete. Notable among these stars are No. 7 Alfredo Perez (Florida), No. 38 Victor Pham (Columbia), No. 65 Kenny Tao (Harvard) and No. 94 Dylan King (Yale). Given the high volume of players for a three-day event, there will be four separate singles draws of 16 players and four separate doubles draws of eight pairs at the Princeton site, as well as four singles and two doubles draws at the Yale site. Win or lose, each player should get the opportunity to play a number of matches due to the tournament's deep consolation backdraw. For those players set to compete in Princeton, the schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Friday: 9 a.m. start for two rounds of doubles; 1 p.m. start for one round of singles
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. start for two rounds of singles
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. start for the final round of doubles; 9:30 a.m. start for the final round of singles
Although Yale's schedule over the weekend will be packed, the Ivy Plus offers a unique opportunity to compete against elite opposition early in the season. Freshman Alan Sou, who found success in last weekend's Penn Invitational, will be eager to prove himself, while senior Ziqi Wang will be looking to replicate his success in the Ivy Plus last year by winning his singles draw once again. Senior captain Stefan Doehler also did well in this event last season, as he teamed up with Wang to reach the finals of their doubles draw. On the opposite side of the spectrum, sophomores Ryan Cheng, Andrew Heller and King will all be competing in this tournament for the first time; their performance since joining the team last season has been stellar, and they will expect to continue that success in both singles and doubles this weekend.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity
Full List of Teams with Players in Ivy Plus