Monday, June 27, 2016

Harvard Tennis on Fox College Sports Weekly - End of Year Fundraising Deadline

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Dear HMT,

In case you missed the live showing of Harvard Tennis on Fox College Sports Weekly, hosted by Tony Minnis, you can watch it anytime by clicking here. This 30-minute documentary showcases the Men's and Women's programs—the tradition, coaches and current team. Enjoy! 

The deadline for the fiscal year is only a few days away (June 30th). Your support helps keep our team firing on all cylinders! If you are planning to give, please click here. Instructions: 1. Click "Make a Gift" and select "University Wide Gift." 2. On the following page, select "FAS Athletics" under the School Affiliate and click "Tennis." We thank you! 

All gifts to the Harvard Athletics Friends groups will receive class credit. The Department of Harvard Athletics, the Friends groups and Harvard Varsity Club encourage all alumni to make an additional gift to the Harvard College Fund to support the overall experience for our student-athletes, which includes the College's commitment to financial aid.

Last but not least, Gary Geissler aka "G-Man" retired this June after 25 years of service to Harvard as the Clinical Director of Rehab in the Training Room. Gary worked directly with the tennis team in the 1990s (he started in the fall of 1991) and was a part of many Ivy League titles. His care, charm and heart will be greatly missed. I'm sure many of you have stories of being healed by Gary's magic hands or fun memories of him traveling to Athens for the NCAA. If you want to send a note to Gary, he would love to hear from you. He can be reached at: gthemystic@gmail.com. 



Best from Boston,
Andrew and Dave 
 

 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

FOX College Sports Weekly to feature Harvard Tennis/Harvard Varsity Club Golf Outing

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Dear Harvard Tennis,

Fox College Sports Weekly with Tony Minnis will feature Harvard Tennis tomorrow at 8:30pm in a thirty minute segment.  Watch live or set your DVR to record!   See more show times below. 

The press release from GoCrimson:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's and women's tennis programs are set to be featured on College Sports Weekly, hosted by former LSU women's tennis head coach Tony Minnis, on FOX College Sports throughout the summer.

The 30-minute show will air eight times on FOX College Sports throughout the remainder of June and in the beginning of July, with the show's premiere set for Wednesday, June 15 on FCS Atlantic. College Sports Weekly will spotlight the Crimson's dedicated student-athletes and coaches in addition to its world-class facilities.

College Sports Weekly has been featured on FOX College Sports and the Tennis Channel, and profiles a different collegiate tennis program during each episode. Host Tony Minnis is the winningest head coach in LSU women's tennis history.

Full TV Schedule (All times ET)

Wed, June 15   

8:30 p.m.    

FCS Atlantic

Thu, June 16

1:30 p.m.

FCS Atlantic

Tue, June 21

11 p.m.

FCS Central

Thu, June 21

11 p.m.

FCS Atlantic

Sun, June 26

3 p.m.

FCS Atlantic

Mon, June 27

5 a.m.

FCS Pacific

Thu, June 30

11 p.m.

FCS Atlantic

Fri, July 1

3:30 p.m.

FCS Pacific


Also, yesterday was the annual Harvard Varsity Club Golf Outing at beautiful Pinehills Country Club.  Thanks to Jon Chu, Dick Gross, Mike Wyman, Scott Denenberg and Todd Meringoff for teeing it up to support the Varsity Club!  This event has been growing every year and we would love more tennis alums to join us in the future.  



Thanks,
Andrew and Dave

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

HMT Newsletter: Commencement Edition

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HMT Newsletter: Commencement Edition

The HighSheriff of Middlesex County kickedoff the ceremony with muchflair and fanfarein Tercentenary Theater. It was a perfect summer day and the yard was full of smiles from end to end.


Congratulations to our seniors -Nicky Hu, Kelvin Lamand Conor Haughey. Photo from the Senior Letterwinner's Dinner. Thanks to theHarvard Varsity Club for putting on a great event.

Reunion Classes: 50th Reunion and the class of 1966 including fromleft to right: Dan Kleinman, David Benjamin, Dinny Adams, Rich Friedman, Clive Kileff and Coach Fish.



We were visited by severalalums over the weekend includingJonathan Cardi (25th reunion in blue) and Steve Moore (15th in black) who came out to theBeren Tennis Center with some of our current and formerplayers.



Finally, Kelvin Lam wrote a senior perspective essay for the Senior Letterwinners Dinner. We thought to include it here to portraythe students experience on the tennis team over their four years. We are so grateful for all the seniors and the mark they left on Harvard Tennis...

I used to see tennis as an individual sport, but this team has opened up a totally different perspective for me. Being part of the men's tennis team here at Harvard has definitely been the most memorable experience in my life and there is no word for me to describe how much I enjoy practicing and competing alongside my teammates and coaches.

Over the past four years, I had the opportunity to get to know everyone on this team incredibly well. The one quality that I admire most about this team is the ability to handle the tough moments and bounce back from them. Just this year, our team has had numerous ups and downs and I value them as equally important to my experience here. It is easy to enjoy and have fun when things go our way. However, it is the tough moments in which the characters on this team started to show. This season has not been as straightforward as it has been the past three years but no one was ever discouraged or walked away. None of us tried to find shortcuts or an easy way out. Instead, I see all these extra hours of practice, the trust and the resiliency knowing that results will come if we work the right way. I am so proud of our ability to put full effort into every match, even if it does not guarantee a win at the end. Even when we lose, I am proud of how we walk out of the stadium with our heads up, knowing we have given our very best.

Last but not least, I would like to thank Coach Fish and Coach Rueb for being such great mentors and coaches during my time here. If I have to rank the people who have had great influences in my life, they would surely occupy the very top spots without a doubt. It is the effort they put in that makes this program so successful and my time here so memorable.

Honestly, I cannot remember all the dual match results over the past four years and surely I am going to remember even less of them as I move on from my collegiate tennis career. However, I know I will always remember how we competed as a team until the very last point of the matches and all the precious moments I have shared with my teammates, coaches and the Harvard Tennis Family.


-- Kelvin Lam '16

Best from Boston,

Andrew "Serve and Volley" Rueb
Dave"Slice Maestro" Fish

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Harvard Men's Tennis Newsletter

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Dear Harvard Tennis Family,

The 2015-16 season is in the books and it is time to look back on the year. While the team lost its last dual match to Dartmouth in a battle for second place in the league, there were many lasting memories and performances that deserve a special mention.

Graduating Senior Class from Left to Right: Nicky Hu, Kelvin Lam and Conor Haughey -We will miss you!


The Senior Edition of the HMT Newsletter:

The team voted captain Nicholas Hu and Kelvin Lam as the MVPs. Nicky has steadily worked his way from #6 & #7 in the line-up to be a stud at #2 last season and a force at #1 this year. There is no question that his drive, dedication and professionalism propelled him to his accomplishments. His move to the top slot was predicted by Brad Gilbert who had worked with Nicky a few times in Palo Alto at the beginning of his college career. Brad literally said Nicky will play #1 to both our former volunteer Eric Butorac and myself. When Nicky was struggling to make the line-up, Gilbert seemed over-confident and perhaps a bit in love with his coaching but now I will credit him as the Oracle at Delphi. Nicky also earned First Team All-Ivy in Singles and First Team in doubles with Brian Yeung (voted Second Team). Nicky will be heading out on tour this summer starting with the Futures in Hong Kong. He already has an ATP Point and is looking to increase his haul.

Kelvin Lam's senior story is probably even more impressive considering he was #10 on our depth chart last year. Kelvin finished an amazing 13-7 in dual matches this spring, mostly at #5 and #4 in the line-up. As Kelvin saw his senior year approaching, he knew it was his last shot to leave his mark and shifted into high gear by doing the hard off-season work he would rely on throughout the season. Kelvin has a wonderful feel for the game and is a gifted athlete but it was his new-found grit that precipitated his rise into the starting line-up. Off the court, Kelvin was a team favorite as he continually found ways to give to others. He was especially nurturing to the freshmen. We are so proud of his accomplishments this year. Kelvin will also be giving the tour a shot before settling into the work.

Captain Conor Haughey (pronounced like "Hoy" though our Irish alums like the Doran and Green families would happily correct our pronunciation to "Haw-hee" in the original Irish). Conor's tennis game has probably traveled the furthest distance in his four years in Cambridge. He was a multi-sport athlete growing up, focusing on hockey and football before specializing in tennis towards the end of his high school career. Undaunted by the challenge, he came to HMT and continued to win the Most Improved Player Award nearly every year. This season Conor moved up the ladder to start in a lot of doubles matches, pulling off a huge deciding win against Brown at #3 late in the season when the team most needed it. Conor is now famous for the the amazing doubles point with Kelvin that went viral earlier this year. With all of his experience playing team sports, he brought high standards, and showed the importance of competing as one unit. He and Nicky Hu were great captains, who both helped raise the professional habits of the team to new heights. Next year's captains have a tough act to follow!


Here is a link to the video wrap-up of the 2016 season featuring interviews with Coach Fish and Coach Rueb.

The Votes are in! I'm not talking about the Donald or Hillary. The team has voted on the 2017 captains and senior Sebastian Beltrame and junior Jean Thirouin have been elected for next year. Sebastian will be spending the summer playing futures and money tournaments in Italy where his father grew up. Jean is a rising junior who hails from France and is already working hard to get in great shape for next season. Congratulations to both of you and we are looking forward to working with you next year.

Reunions: If you are coming to Cambridge this May for your 5th or 50th Reunion (or any in-between!) Dave and I would love to see you! I've reached out to many of you personally, but in case we haven't caught up - do send us an email. We are hosting a tennis hit-around event for all classes on Saturday, May 28th from 3-5pm

Best From Boston,

Andrew and Dave




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