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Spring Season Underway for Men's Tennis

Harvard's Denis Nguyen
Harvard's Denis Nguyen

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's tennis is already underway this spring, though the celebratory start comes Jan. 24-26 with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend.

Columbia and Harvard are the two Ivy squads in the 15 four-team men's brackets with the Lions joining Washington and Stanford at host Georgia and the Crimson opening its spring slate at Mississippi State along with South Carolina and Memphis. Columbia is already off to a 2-0 start with home sweep over Marist and Monmouth.

Dartmouth is also off to a 2-0 start and is back in action this weekend taking on Arkansas and Oklahoma State on the Cowboys' home courts. Cornell looks to rebound for its season-opening loss by facing Purdue and George Washington at home.

In other action from last weekend, Yale split its first two matches and Brown fell in both of its matches on the road.

Princeton gets its first dual match action on Jan. 30-31 with back-to-back contests at William & Mary and Old Dominion. Penn is slated to be the last Ivy squad to begin the spring with its first two matches against Buffalo and Marquette at home on Feb. 8-9.

The Ivy League in the ITA Rankings
The Ivy League had five teams ranked in the Jan. 21 release and five singles players and six doubles teams ranked in the Jan. 2 release of the ITA Rankings:
T-26. Harvard
43. Columbia
55. Princeton
59. Yale
62. Cornell

8. Winston Lin, Columbia
44. Denis Nguyen, Harvard
81. Sebastian Beltrame, Harvard
119. Zack McCourt, Princeton
125. Ashok Narayana, Columbia

14. Ashok Narayana and Max Schur, Columbia
17. Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster, Harvard
26. Cameron Ghorbani and Brendan Tannebaum, Dartmouth
40. Sam Fleck and Chris Vrbael, Cornell
44. Augie Bloom and Jonathan Carcione, Princeton
48. Brian Yeung and Nicky Hu, Harvard

Ivy League Ties in the Australian Open
Current Harvard assistant coach Eric Butorac has reached his first Grand Slam final as he and partner Raven Klaasen advanced to the men's doubles championship match at the Australian Open. Along the way to the final, the pair defeated the top-seeded duo and former Stanford standouts Bob and Mike Bryan, former Virginia stars Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot and the eighth-seeded tandem of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. Click here to see how other former collegiate players are faring down under.