Thursday, January 28, 2010

Harvard Mens' Tennis opens...and they're off!

And they're off….

Dear Harvard Tennis Friends and Family,

The 127th season of the Harvard Men's Tennis team kicks off this weekend at home in the Murr Center against Mississippi State, BYU and DePaul.    The Crimson serves at noon on Friday against Brigham Young University and returns on Saturday versus Mississippi State at 1pm.  In addition, the Cambridge boys will also be playing against DePaul in doubles at 5pm on Friday and singles on Saturday at 7:30 in the third duel match (drawn out over two days).    It should be an exciting start and the Murr Center will be cooking with excitement.   

While this is the first official duel match of the season, the team has been busy since January 15th.  Due to the change in exam schedule (if you haven't heard by now - exams are before the Winter Recess for the first time in the history of Harvard!) students can now enjoy their break.  The young squad came back to campus well rested and in good shape.  With the spring classes not starting till Monday, January 25th there was plenty of time to devote to tennis.  We had double practices, yoga sessions, sprints, an inspiration pep talk by Paul Palandjian, Captain in '88 and a scrimmage against Dartmouth.  The week culminated with an individual tournament at Virginia Tech that included Auburn and College of Charleston. 

On the slick courts in Blacksburg, VA we got a taste of top 25 tennis.   In some notable results, Josh Tchan recorded wins in his #4 flight against Auburn and Virginia Tech while Andy Nguyen and Alistair Felton went 2-1 in the second doubles slot.   It was the perfect dress rehearsal for this weekend as we played 8 singles and 4 doubles matches a day.  The team even had time to enjoy a sold-out Hokies ACC basketball game against the visiting Boston College. 

Another key feature of the opening training week was a series of alumni career advising sessions organized by Debbie Goldfine with the men's and women's programs.   There was a career panel with representatives from all sectors of the work-a-day world, an alumni networking hit-around and a final banquet at the Harvard Club that featured keynote speaker, Mike Danziger, the Founder of Steppingstone, a non-profit that prepares urban youth to succeed and thrive in high school and college.   Mike kept the audience laughing and entertained with his card tricks and witty allegories. 

We are very excited to see how the season unfolds and hope you can share the ride with us whether electronically or in person. 

Go Crimson,
Andrew Rueb '95

David Fish
Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept. of Athletics
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