NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Earlier this May, the Yale men's tennis team voted on its captain for the 2018-19 season. They elected Nathan Brown, a rising senior from El Paso, Texas, to lead them next year. Brown has made an impact on and off the court since arriving at Yale from Coronado High School. He recently received the Stuart D. Ludlum Jr. '62 Memorial Award, which is given to the player who exhibits the qualities of enthusiasm, perseverance, and team spirit. As captain, he will look to further harness these qualities to lead the Bulldogs to a successful season next year as the young team hopes to make an impact in the Ivy League.
On the topic of his captaincy, Brown has a forward-looking mindset, saying the following: "I'm honored and grateful to have the opportunity to be captain next season. I have been fortunate enough to learn a great deal from previous captains. My fellow senior Dennis and I are excited to get back to work with our returning guys and new players this coming year."
Brown entered Yale after an extremely successful high school career. By the end of his time at Coronado, he was ranked as the No. 10 player in Texas and No. 58 player nationally according to the Head Recruiting List. With his tough schedule and successful 16-6 record, he was labeled a 4-star recruit as a Yale commit. As captain of his high school team, he garnered recognition as the three-time all-city MVP, Texas 6A state singles champion and four-time team district champion. Competing on the USTA circuit, he earned the USTA Southwest Sportsmanship Award twice. He was also commended for "excellence both on the court and in the classroom" by the Southwest Tennis Foundation.
He made an immediate impact upon his arrival at Yale. During his first-year, he contributed in both singles and doubles, playing as high as the No. 3 spot in the singles lineup and the No. 1 spot in the doubles lineup; he went undefeated in doubles matches during the Penn Invitational and 12-9 in singles play overall. His contributions continued as a sophomore, as he went 6-3 in singles play and 7-4 in doubles play.
He continued to be a strong player for the Bulldogs this past year as a junior, winning 12 matches in singles play and mounting a strong run in the Connecticut State Championships. He also served an important role in the doubles lineup, playing in the No. 2 position for much of the season and amassing 11 wins. Off the court, he served as a leader as well, earning him the Stuart D. Ludlum Jr. '62 Memorial Award.
While the losses of seniors Fedor Andrienko, Stefan Doehler and Ziqi Wang will certainly be felt, Brown will step up to lead a young and talented team. He will have support from fellow senior Dennis Wang, as well as rising junior studs Andrew Heller, Dylan King, and Ryan Cheng. With a strong incoming class joining the squad and rising sophomores Cody Lin and Alan Sou looking to take on larger roles, Brown will hope to lead the team to a strong year. As captain, he will look to build on his leadership from this past year to help the Bulldogs gain a top finish in the Ivy League and produce a successful season.
Report by Kiran Damodaran '21, Yale Sports Publicity