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Fall Play Opens for Seven Men's Tennis Teams This Weekend

Princeton's Matija Pecotic
Princeton's Matija Pecotic

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's tennis is back on the courts for the first time during the 2011-12 season with six teams opening their fall tournament schedules this weekend.

Princeton hosts its annual Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational Sept. 16-18, welcoming four Ivy teams -- Columbia, Cornell, Penn and Yale -- along with competitors from Binghamton, Buffalo, Fairleigh Dickinson, Penn State and St. John's to the Lenz Tennis Center for matches across five singles draws and three doubles draws.

Brown is once again hosting opponents from a dozen schools from around the region at the Northeast Intercollegiate to start the fall slate. Play begins Friday and concludes Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Courts.

Dartmouth is splitting its team between the Northeast Intercollegiate and Midland Raquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas, which features multiple men's singles and doubles draws.

Next weekend will be an active one for the Ivies as Harvard will open its fall schedule Sept. 23-25 hosting defending NCAA National Champion Southern California, Texas A&M and Michigan in the Harvard Chowder Fest held at the Beren Tennis Center. Also next weekend, Cornell will travel south to compete in Virginia Ranked Plus One Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. and several Ivy teams will have a presence at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Men's College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y.

The Ivy League was represented in the Sept. 9 release of the Campbell's/ITA Division I Men's Preseason Rankings with Harvard senior Jonathan Pearlman leading the way for the Ivies ranked 78th in the singles. Princeton junior Matija Pecotic, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, came in at No. 94 with Yale junior Marc Powers at No. 118. In the doubles rankings, Pearlman ranked 53rd with Christo Schultz as the only Ancient Eight duo featured on the list.