Yale Set to Host Annual Home Tournament in Final Event of the Fall
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a strong showing at the ITA Northeast Regionals two weeks ago, the Yale men's tennis team will finish the fall season at home by hosting the Connecticut State Championships. Yale is set to welcome competitors from eight different regional squads: Boston College, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Fairfield, Marist, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and St. John's. The Elis will hope to replicate their success in this event last year, which saw current sophomore Andrew Heller claim hardware in both singles and doubles (alongside teammate Ryan Cheng).
Although not all players on Yale's roster are healthy enough to compete in this weekend's home tournament, there are a number of top performers to look out for. Among these players is first year Alan Sou, who has notched a 9-6 singles record to start his Yale career, including an impressive run to the round of 64 in the main draw of the ITA Regionals. Senior Fedor Andrienko has also been a bright spot for the Elis in doubles, compiling a 9-3 record so far this season and showing great chemistry with fellow senior Stefan Doehler. The team's third senior, Ziqi Wang, will also be looking to continue his fine form after going 6-4 in his last ten singles matches against elite opposition.
Heller, who excelled in this tournament a year ago, has also started the season well by accumulating a 10-4 overall singles record. His fall season reached its peak at the ITA Northeast Regionals, where he beat opponents from Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton en route to the main draw quarterfinals. Given his status as returning singles and doubles champion, Heller will be a strong favorite to repeat if he plays this weekend.
After a busy start to the season, the Connecticut State Championships represent more than just the fall season's final tournament; success this weekend would fire up the home crowd and set the tone for a strong spring campaign. The full draw for the tournament, which is split into several different singles and doubles draws, is available here.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity