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Six Men's Tennis Teams Open Fall Play This Weekend

Princeton's Matt Spindler
Princeton's Matt Spindler

Portions courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Six Ivy men's tennis teams open their fall tournament schedules this weekend for the 2010-11 season, five of which will have representation at the Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational.

The Tigers will host 10 schools across the Northeast, including Ivy foes Columbia, Cornell, Penn and Yale, in a tournament that will also feature Binghamton, Buffalo, Fairleigh Dickinson, Penn State and St. John's. The tournament format will be five singles draws and three doubles draws with play starting at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday before the final matches in each flight begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. Matches will be played at the Lenz Tennis Center with the indoor courts at Jadwin Gym available in the event of inclement weather.

Penn is splitting its squad between the Princeton Invitational and the Georgetown Invitational in Washington, D.C.

Under first-year head coach David Schwarz, Brown is competing at home for its first fall tournament hosting the Northeast Intercollegiate. Play begins Friday and concludes Sunday in Providence, R.I., and will include opponents from a dozen schools from around the region.

Dartmouth and Harvard will hit the courts next weekend for the first time with the Big Green competing at the National Tennis Center Invitation in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., while the Crimson will be at the Northeast Invitational in Providence, R.I.

Cornell opened fall tournament play for the Ivies Sept. 10-12 at the Virginia Fall Classic at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va. In blue singles, Andy Gauthier took fifth-place, earning a pair of victories after falling in Saturday's quarterfinals. In orange singles, Jeremy Feldman lost his opening round match but rebounded with two victories the next day in the backdraw. Jon Jaklitsch also lost his opening round match on Friday, but came back to earn a win in the backdraw. In gold singles, Zhongming Chen earned his first collegiate victory before falling in Saturday's quarterfinals. He went on to a fifth-place finish. In red singles, Max Haskin responded to an opening round loss by winning his next three matches, including the finals of the backdraw. Mirza Klis won the main draw of the green singles.

In blue doubles, Jaklitsch and Klis rebounded from an opening round loss on Friday with a victory on Saturday to reach the championship match of the backdraw. The results from their Sunday match were not reported. In orange doubles, Gauthier and Feldmen lost on Friday but advanced to the final match of the backdraw, where they fell 9-8. In black doubles, Haskin and Charles Quay won 8-6 to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals. The pair finished in fourth-place. In green doubles, Chen and Chris Song advanced to the final match in the backdraw, wher they fell, 8-5.