Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's that June 30th thing a spring wrap-up and some really interesting alumni news from Harvard Men's Tennis

*2011 Harvard Men's Tennis Season Wrap-Up and Alumni Notes*

*Don't forget, if you haven't contributed to the Friends of Harvard Tennis,
that time is running out...only two two days left. Your contributions up to
$10,000 will count for class credit so you can support your team and let
your classmates know you are staying involved in the school. If you are
not sure if you have contributed you can contact Mike Booras at the Harvard
Varsity Club – Sorry, but I'm sending this
out from the road on a borrowed computer...hope you know how to cut
and paste the address below to make a donation:

*Alumni Notes:*

Don't miss a great article on Larry Scott, new Commissioner of the Pac-10,
formerly CEO of the WTA women's tennis tour, and COO of the ATP Tour…His
ideas helped pave way for Pac-10

Another milestone reached for former Harvard tennis player Yusuf
Randera-Rees, Rhodes Scholar and founder of Awethu, a non-profit foundation
in South Africa, which just was named one of 15 Echoing Green Fellows for
2011! Echoing Green supports start-ups with the potential to significantly
impact the world's most pressing social problems. AWETHU WINS GLOBAL SOCIAL
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD! <http://?shva=1#search/awethu/1308a9603a0509bc>

On another note – there have been several new members to the Friends of
Harvard Tennis. Gabriela Sofia was born on June 7th to Jose and Olga
Hernandez-Ore (Jose was class of '98). Gabriela must have been named for
Gabriela Sabatini and is sure to have a western forehand. Josh and Vicki
Hausman (class of '97) also added to the roster this past season with Max
Caleb, who was born on February 10th. We are hoping that Max gets his
dad's backhand drive but that his forehand proves to come from a recessive
Acorns to Oaks…Harvard Men's Tennis 2010-2011

The 2011 Ivy Season is now in the books as coaches and players have migrated
back home or other parts of the world to tune up for the fall. We have a
wonderful wrap up interview/video montage with Coach Fish (who served his 35
year as the Head Coach of the Crimson Tennis program), which provides a
great look back on the season and the main storylines for the Crimson.

In the final stretch of matches, the Crimson kicked the Bulldogs down at
Yale 5-2 while the alums led by Alex Seaver, Bill Stanley and me – brought
the Grudge Cup back to Cambridge with a close win against the Elder Eli. Next
year the Grudge Cup match will be in Cambridge on Friday, April 20th so make
a point to join in the rivalry and reserve the date in your schedule. The
last two matches of the Ivy campaign saw Harvard falter against Brown 4-3
before righting the ship and winning 4-3 against Dartmouth, as Alistair
Felton pulled out the final match at third singles.

Next year's team will be led by rising Seniors Davis Mangham from Seattle,
Washington and Alistair Felton from Somerset, England who were named
co-captains by the vote of the players. At the end of year banquet,
Freshman Casey MacMaster was named the Most Improved Player, after he rose
from the seventh spot in the line-up to number four. Alistair was named
team MVP for all his efforts in singles and doubles – he was truly
*the*"Energizer Bunny".

Davis and Ali will be in charge of educating the newest batch of Harvard
Tennis Players: incoming Freshman Denis Nguyen from Los Angles, Henry Steer
from New Jersey, Shaun Chaudhuri from San Francisco, Alex Steinroeder from
Concord, Massachusetts and Brandon Parker from Las Vegas. It promises to be
a strong year with nearly all of the starting squad returning to Cambridge.

We'd like to give a special "high-five" to graduating Super Manager Dan
Liss, who won the Thomes Temple Hoopes Prize and the Kwame Anthony Appiah
Prize for the best thesis on Africa or the African diaspora: "Black, White,
and the Limbo in Between: The Precarious Position of the South African
Chinese Under Apartheid, 1948-1994." Dan will be interning this summer at
the White House in the National Economic Council, and was a finalist for the
Rhodes Scholarship in New York this past fall.

Dave Fish
E. Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
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