Friday, October 17, 2014

HMT to the Big Apple...

Come watch us battle it out in the Big Apple. 

The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is hosting the USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals Championships this weekend. 

The Qualies began yesterday, with two Harvard players, Andrew Ball and Grant Solomon, advancing into the main draw, which begins today.

8 Harvard players in all were selected to play against the best college tennis players in the Northeast.  The winner of singles and doubles will gain a spot in the National Indoors in November (also hosted at the BJK National Tennis Center). 

The 128 main draw starts on Friday and the finals are on Tuesday


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Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Universal Tennis Boston Open Championships, Oct. 31-Nov. 2

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UTR Boston Open
Prize Money Event: Total Purse $2000 : Mens Singles & Doubles
Location: Harvard University - Murr Tennis Center
October 30-November 2, 2014

Prize Money Break Down:
Winner: $1000
Finalist:$500
Semifinals: $250 (each)


*For more information about the UTR please visit www.universaltennis.com
Sign-up for a free trial/basic membership today!

 




Thursday, October 02, 2014

Harvard Men’s Tennis: News and Views - Strong Starters

Harvard Men's Tennis: News and Views



Photos: top to bottom:

Napa Event, Yeung in Seoul, team with Jez...







 

Inside this Issue:

"Chowdah" Fest

Porsche Napa Valley

Princeton Ivy Plus

Brian Yeung at Asian Games

Jez Green

Denis at All-Americans

 

It has been a whirlwind of a start to the fall season and we are finally catching our collective breaths.  On August 25th, the four new freshmen arrived in Harvard Yard with their luggage and families in tow for "move-in" day and were greeted by the coaches, co-captain Alex Steinroeder and junior Conor Haughey.  (See photo below). This is our favorite day of the year as the energy in the Yard pulses with excitement, anticipation and anxiety!    We welcomed Kenny Tao (San Fran), Jean Thirouin (Houston/France), Grant Solomon (Dallas) and Xavier Gonzalez (Houston) into the Harvard Tennis family.

 

"Chowdah" Fest

The team held captains practices through the first week of school before the official beginning of the season on September 9th.  The very first weekend we hosted #23 University of South Florida, #31 University of San Diego and #35, the 'Bama Crimson Tide in the annual "Chowdah" Fest.  It is a fun flighted tournament that gives us a chance to be tested right from the opening bell.  We passed with flying colors, winning 7 of 8 matches from the other "Crimson" and taking 3 of 4 against USF in their respective flights.   Denis Nguyen was the tournament runner-up and Brian Yeung won the second flight at the event, going 3-0 on the weekend.   See more results here…

 

The following weekend HMT scattered across the globe.  Four players and Coach Fish headed off to the Porsche Napa Valley event and Andrew took another eight players to Princeton for the Ivy Plus event that featured all the Ivies plus Michigan, Tulane, Virginia Tech, and Pepperdine.   Brian Yeung, our sophomore sensation, went to South Korea for the Asian Games, representing Hong Kong. 

 

Porsche Napa Valley:

Living the la dolce vita turned out to be the winning formula in Napa.  The boys went 10-2 in singles on the weekend against #5 UNC, Texas, Stanford, Cal and Tulsa along with a National Team of USTA juniors.  Both sophomore Sebastian Beltrame and freshmen Nicky Hu won their respective flights and qualified for the Solinco Shoot-out, in which the 8 flight winners competed in a 10 point match tie-breaker for the title and an ATP Challenger Wildcard.  Sebastian blasted through his opponents from Cal and Texas respectively to make it the final while Nicky Hu used a chainsaw to massacre his opponents from UNC and Tulsa 10-1 and 10-2 to face Sebastian in the finals!  Sebastian edged Nicky for the title and the wildcard.   Denis Nguyen went 2-1 on the weekend and freshmen standout Kenny Tao went 2-1 as well.   Check out the wrap up here.

 

Princeton Ivy Plus: 

It was a lot of tennis in Tigerland and some strong showings for the boys from Cambridge.  Freshmen Jean Thirouin lost in the finals of his flight to a strong player from Michigan and sophomore Andrew Ball also pushed hard before falling in the finals to his opponent from Buffalo.  Shaun Chaudhuri and Kelvin Lam won the doubles in the B-flight to give the Crimson another title on the weekend. 

 

Asian Games:
Congrats to Brian Yeung for his showing in the Asian Games representing Hong Kong.  See the photo of him in action below in the team competition.  Brian played and helped Hong Kong defeat Kuwait before falling to Kazakhstan and Nedovyesov (a top 120 ATP player).    He also competed in the men's and mixed doubles events. 

 

Jez Green:

Once we had finished our first two tournamnents, it was back to training and building the body into a weapon.  We are blessed to have Jez Green a part of our program.   Eric Butorac had introduced us to Jez and helped bring him on board last year to come a few times and supervise our strength and conditioning program.  Jez is probably the most respected fitness coach in the world after having worked with Andy Murray for the past 8 years.  Coach Fish and I feel like we are back at school learning what these high-octane athletes do to hone their bodies to withstand the forces of modern tennis.   We did on court and off court training over three days and developed a periodization plan for the season.   Jez will return towards the end of October for another three-day stint in Cambridge.   Below is a photo of our track session with Jez – the bald guy in the middle (taken after the guys ran 200s). 

 

All-Americans:

I'm currently with Denis in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the ITA All-American event.  You can follow our results on Twitter #HMTofficial.  



--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Thursday, September 11, 2014

4th annual "Chowdah" Fest begins tomorrow; and two special awards

Alabama, University of San Diego, and South Florida are arriving as I write.

Action starts tomorrow at 10:30, and runs through the rest of the weekend.  The majority of Harvard players will start at 2pm.

Lots of fun for spectators is the Doubles Shoot-out from 3-5pm, with two rounds. 

Sunday matches start at 9:30, with the majority of Harvard players beginning around 11:30 and finish Sunday morning about 2pm.

Please join us!
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Second, we are delighted to announce that incoming freshman Xavier Gonzalez from Texas received the USTA's National Junior Scholar-Athlete Award last Monday at the USTA Awards banquet at the Grand Hyatt in NYC.  Xavier was the third player to receive this award since its inception who matriculated to Harvard.  We know how to pick 'em!

http://www.texas.usta.com/News/houston_native_xavier_gonzalez_honored_by_usta_with_national_junior_scholar_athlete_award/

And third, we're delighted to announce that Ivy Wang '99 will be inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame October 10, 2014.  Congratulations, Ivy! 

Here's the link for more information on this event.


--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Monday, August 25, 2014

Yes, we completed our 9th Ceboride on Saturday...thanks for all good wishes.

Ceboride "East" - 2014  - Made it!

 

Hi, Everyone:

 

Apologies in advance to those of you who thought you were going to get more news of Harvard Men's Tennis…that will be coming next week!

 

In the meantime, this is a brief note to let you know that we successfully completed our ninth Ceboride (we now call it Ceboride "East") two days ago!  

 

Perfect day…cool, but not cold when we started in the dark, and then sun mixed with clouds and cool riding temps.  Not that it helped us go any faster…

 

Last Friday, our last day of summer camp, we were particularly touched and inspired when we were presented with a donation from our entire staff (of whom we grew so fond this summer and whom we will miss so much!). 

 

Thanks again to all of you for your support.  If you haven't yet, but feel an overwhelming itch to do something now…as the Nike commercial goes, just do it!

 

Have a great rest of the summer, everyone!

 

Dave and Bonnie

 

  • For additional information on Sarnelli House or on the CeboRide visit www.ceboride.com.  100% of the donations are transferred to Friends of Sarnelli House UA c/o Fr. Mike Shea. All donations are tax deductible. 

  • ·      CEBORIDE

    ·      W8882 Korth Rd

    ·      Van Dyne, WI  54979


  •     Checks should be written out to "Friends of Sarnelli House UA"

    ·      BE SURE TO MARK "CEBORIDE" somewhere on the check because these deposits are done electronically now.


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--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ceboride VIII; don't miss (scroll down: Prentice Cup Ambassadors return with the Prentice Cup

 

Ceboride 2014 – It's that time again!

 

Hi, Friends and Family, Colleagues, and Friends of Harvard Tennis:

 

Hi, All:

 

For new HMT subscribers, Ceboride is a very small charity ride of 100 miles (in a day) ridden to benefit the children of Sarnelli House, an orphanage in Thailand for orphaned and/or abandoned AIDS children, run by Father Mike Shea.  This will be my wife Bonnie and my 8th time making the 100+ mile trek, either on the East Coast or in person with the other Ceboriders in Wisconsin.

 

Past donors to Ceboride may have already heard from Sarnelli House or Ceboride organizations.  The actual ride occurred a couple of weeks ago.  Due to our camp duties, Bonnie and I had to schedule Ceboride East (!) on August 23 in New Hampshire and Vermont.

 

So many of you have kindly responded to this appeal over the last seven years.  We would be grateful for your support again.  (N.B. for potential recruits on this mailing list: do not respond to this appeal, no matter how much you would like to help!)

 

At this point, as the reality of not having trained enough this summer sets in, Bonnie and I are looking for anything we can find to get us through this ride!  What will again most sustain us is the hope that we, in a very modest way (and with your help if you are so inclined), might lessen the suffering of kids incomparably less fortunate than us.

 

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·      Send to:

CEBORIDE

W8882 Korth Rd

Van Dyne, WI  54979

Thanks for anything that you can contribute.

 

Bonnie & Dave Fish

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  • For additional information on Sarnelli House or on the CeboRide visit www.ceboride.com.  100% of the donations are transferred to Friends of Sarnelli House UA c/o Fr. Mike Shea. All donations are tax deductible. 

    

 

Here's a little recap for those who are new and for our veteran "donors" who might like a refresher.

 

Each year since the CeboRide was started in 2002, the treatment for AIDS infected kids has gotten better, but also has become more expensive.  The ride is named after Cebo, a little girl who stole the hearts of Molly (Molly is Katie's sister…Katie is Michael Masland's wife…Michael is my wife Bonnie's youngest son) had volunteered to help their Uncle Mike (Father Mike) at Sarnelli House in Thailand, which he has run for 30+ years.  The first bike ride raised over $17,000 and gave Father Mike the ability to buy antiretroviral AIDS drugs (Father Mike has been running the orphanage for the last 30+ years).  Before the ride, children were dying of TB and AIDS.  Since that date, Sarnelli House has not lost another child (until last week).  The strength Cebo demonstrates as she battles the complications from living with AIDS continues to be the inspiration of the ride. Due to the success of the CeboRide, Fr. Mike has been able to continue to buy the AIDS medication in addition to cover the cost of food, daily living supplies, and costly hospital trips.  The successful efforts of CeboRiders have literally saved the lives of hundreds of children! Since 2002 the CeboRide has raised more then $600,000.

 

There are currently 145 children who live in five different homes at Sarnelli house and another 57 kids in their Outreach Program.  Times are very rough and the need has never been greater.  Sarnelli House receives no help from the Thai government and relies on the CeboRide and its faithful coterie of riders and sponsors (YOU!).  The kids and Father Mike can only repay you with their prayers, gratitude and love.

 

Riders in Wisconsin will bike from dawn to dusk, riding for Cebo and all of the other children who can't bike the distance.  It is a wonderful experience for all the riders, who treat one another as Cebo would… and laugh a lot as Cebo does (I do give Bonnie some good laughs…).  We all bike for a better life for the children at Sarnelli House and a few more birthday parties in their lives.   We already know that all of us together have literally made a difference in their lives.  Please don't wait for a better world or a better day.

 

Wish it were easy to donate online, but every dollar goes straight to the care of the children.  You can't even donate online!  So we hope you won't be deterred and write an old-fashioned check if so inclined. 


Prentice Cup Ambassadors Return, Cup in Hand

Yes, that is the area inside the clubhouse where the champions come right after the match...and the traditional photo of the team in front of the entrance to the AELTC.

Thanks to Alex Seaver and the rest of the American Prentice Cup Committee for all of their efforts!

Not in order: Shaun Chaudhuri, Denis Nguyen, Alex Steinroeder, with special appearance by Brendan Seaver, along with Yalies Tyler Lu, Patrick Chase, and Kyle Dawson



--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Friday, June 27, 2014

Harvard Men's Tennis...our editor-in-chief forgot something important

The end of the fiscal year is approaching and we are hoping to have strong participation numbers this season.  Any contribution would be greatly appreciated! 

Here is the link to give.   Just select the "Varsity Sports" in the athletics designation button and then scroll down to "Tennis."

Thanks,

Editor-in-Chief



--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog