July 22, 2011
Men’s Tennis Earns ITA All-Academic Team Award; 6 Bears Named ITA Scholar-Athletes
The Brown men's tennis team is one of six Ivy League teams and one of 74 nationally in Division I to earn the ITA All-Academic Team Award, which is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above. All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity match must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2010 and spring 2011).
July 11, 2011
Little-known Canadian goes it alone; Adil Shamasdin plays tennis his own way
He ranks in the top 100 in world doubles and joined fellow Canadians Daniel Nestor and Milos Raonic in winning a tournament on the ATP Tour this year. But Adil Shamasdin remains an unknown, even among hardcore tennis fans. A former all-American in doubles at Brown University, Shamasdin has learned to go his own way.
July 7, 2011
Brown Graduate Does Not Give Up on His Tennis Dream
In 2008, James Cerretani’s father, Chip, strongly suggested it was time for him to retire from tennis and put his Brown University degree to use. Three years later, Cerretani’s sister Chrissy, a former college player at Clemson, is on the verge of quitting her job in Boston to travel with him on tour, he said — and with their father’s blessing.
June 28, 2011
Cerretani Advances to Wimbledon Doubles Quarterfinals; Shamasdin Eliminated in Doubles Second Round
Former Brown men’s tennis standout, Jamie Cerretani ’04, who holds the Bears’ career doubles win record with 120 victories, has advanced to the Quarterfinals in Gentlemen’s Doubles at Wimbledon. Currently ranked #71 in the world in doubles action, Cerretani has his partner, Philipp Marx (Germany) have won their first three matches, en route to their Quarterfinal match. The duo will face the winner of the match between Carsten Ball (Australia)/Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) and sixth-seeded Michael Llodra (France)/Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia).
June 22, 2011
Spring Academic All-Ivy Announced
The Ivy League announced its spring list of Academic All-Ivy honorees, with 10 Brown student-athletes being recognized. The five males and five females were each starters or key reserves on their respective varsity teams and carry a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.
April 28, 2011
Burke Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year; Azargui also Named All-Ivy
Freshman men’s tennis player Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) has been named the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year in a vote by the League’s eight head coaches. In addition, he has been named Second Team All-Ivy in both singles and doubles, along with classmate and doubles partner, Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, Ontario), who earned a spot on the Second Team (doubles). For the first time in Ivy history, the doubles selections were voted on as six individuals rather than three doubles teams, per legislation passed May 2010 from a proposal originated by the men’s tennis coaches.
April 23, 2011
Men's Tennis Closes Season with 6-1 Win at Yale
The Brown men's tennis team (16-6, 3-4) closed out the 2011 season with a 6-1 victory over Yale on Saturday afternoon. Brown won the doubles point by sweeping all three matches and then claimed singles wins at the two through six positions, four of which came in straight sets. Four Bears won both of their matches, including senior Kendrick Au (St. John's, New Foundland), sophomore Tom Deighton (London, England), and freshmen Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, Ontario) and Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica).
April 17, 2011
Bears Upset #65 Harvard, 4-3
The Brown men's tennis team (15-6, 2-4) claimed a 4-3 win over Harvard on Sunday afternoon, upsetting the 65th-ranked Crimson at the Murr Center Tennis Courts. The Bears dropped the doubles point, but came back to win four singles matches and clinch the victory with a win by senior Kendrick Au (St. John's, New Foundland) at the #4 position.
April 15, 2011
Bear Fall to Dartmouth, 4-3
The Brown men's tennis team (14-6, 1-4) played its fifth straight 4-3 match, but came away on the losing side of the decision to Dartmouth, which defeated the Bears in their final home match of the season. Brown dropped the doubles point, but split the six singles matches with the Big Green to account for the 4-3 final.
April 10, 2011
Bears Split Matches at #46 Cornell (L, 4-3) and Columbia (W, 4-3); Post First Ivy Win
The Brown men’s tennis team (14-5, 1-3) split a pair of matches over the weekend, falling to #46 Cornell before rebounding the next day with a victory at Columbia, both by a 4-3 score. Both matches came down to the wire, as the Bears fell in a third-set tiebreaker against the Big Red and then won, 7-5, in the third set for the victory against the Lions.
April 2, 2011
Bears Drop Second Straight 4-3 Decision, Fall to #61 Penn
The Brown men’s tennis team (13-4, 0-2) dropped its second straight 4-3 decision on Saturday afternoon, falling to #61 Penn (11-3, 1-2) at the Bears’ outdoor courts. Brown won the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 and then had senior Kendrick Au (St. John’s, New Foundland) and freshman Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, ONT) win in singles. The match came down to the #2 singles position where Penn claimed a tight, three-set win, for the victory.
April 1, 2011
Bears Edged by #58 Princeton, 4-3, in Ivy Opener
The Brown men’s tennis team (13-3, 0-1) opened Ivy League play with a hard-fought match against #58 Princeton (9-6, 1-0) and were edged by the Tigers, 4-3, at the Pizzitola Center Indoor Courts.
March 27, 2011
Bears Defeat Florida Gulf Coast, 6-1
The Brown men’s tennis team (13-2) improved to 13-2 on the season, and stretched its winning streak to six matches, with a 6-1 victory over Florida Gulf Coast. Freshman Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica), who was one of four Brown players to win in both singles and doubles, clinched the win with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at #2 singles.
March 20, 2011
Bears Improve to 12-2 with Wins over Binghamton (5-2), Bryant (7-0), and UConn (7-0)
The Brown men's tennis team (12-2) stretched its winning streak to five matches with victories over Binghamton (5-2), Bryant (7-0), and UConn (7-0) at home this weekend. Freshmen Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, ONT) and Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) were 5-0 over the weekend, going 3-0 in doubles and 2-0 in singles action.
March 8, 2011
#74 Bears Sweep Quinnipiac, 7-0
The Brown men’s tennis team (9-2) posted a 7-0 sweep against Quinnipiac, winning all three doubles matches and all six singles matches, five of which were in straight sets. Several Bears won in both singles and doubles, including freshmen Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, ONT) and Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica), and sophomore Tom Deighton (London, England).
March 2, 2011
#62 Bears Come From Behind to Edge Boston College, 4-3
The Brown men’s tennis team (8-2), which entered the rankings for the first time this season at #62 earlier this week, earned a hard-fought come-from-behind victory over Boston College (4-8) on Wednesday afternoon at the Weymouth Club in Weymouth, MA. The Eagles claimed the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 and then were one singles win away from clinching the victory with two singles matches in a third set. However, Brown’s Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) tied the score at 3-3 with a three-set win at #3 singles and then sophomore Timmy Klanke (Potomac, MD) clinched the victory for the Bears with a three-set win at #6.
February 27, 2011
Bears Split a Pair of Matches at Virginia Tech; Defeat Longwood, 7-0 & Fall to #30 Hokies, 4-3
The Brown men’s tennis team (7-2) traveled to Virginia Tech over the weekend for a pair of matches. The Bears earned on 7-0 victory over Longwood, played at Virginia Tech on Saturday, and then were narrowly defeated by the 30th-ranked Hokies, 4-3, on Sunday. Senior Kendrick Au (St. John’s, NF) led the Bears, winning all four of his matches over the weekend, playing at the #3 position in both singles and doubles.
February 20, 2011
Men's Tennis Defeats #45 Columbia, 5-2
The Brown men's tennis team (6-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 5-2 victory over #45 Columbia at the ECAC Indoor Championship. The Bears won the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 and then claimed singles wins at #3-#6. Senior Kendrick Au (St. John's, New Foundland) remained undefeated on the spring season with a win at #4 singles, while freshman Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, ONT) won at #6 singles, as both also won in doubles action to go 2-0 on the day and help lead Brown.
February 19, 2011
Men's Tennis Edged by Harvard, 4-3, in ECAC Indoor Championship Opening Round
The Brown men's tennis team (5-1), seeded fifth at the ECAC Championship, dropped its first match of the spring season, falling to fourth-seeded Harvard, 4-3, in the First Round Saturday afternoon. The Bears dropped a very close doubles point to the Crimson, which saw the top two matches go to a tie breaker. The match ultimately came down to the early doubles point, as the two teams split the singles matches, 3-3.
February 12, 2011
Bears Continue Unbeaten Streak, Defeat Davidson, 6-1
The Brown men’s tennis team (5-0) won its fifth straight match on the young season, with a 6-1 victory over visiting Davidson on Saturday afternoon. The Bears won the doubles point, including a dominating, 8-0, win at #3 to open the match. Brown continued its strong singles play, winning the first three matches off the courts to clinch the match before Davidson got on the board with a win at #1. Several Bears earned wins in both singles and doubles, including sophomore Tom Deighton (London, England) and senior Kendrick Au (St. John’s, NF), who combined for an 8-4 win at #2 doubles, which clinched the doubles point. Deighton also won at #4 singles, while Au picked up a victory at the #5 position.
February 11, 2011
Bears Win Fourth Straight; Defeat Middle Tennessee, 6-1
The Brown men's tennis team (4-0) won its fourth straight match, while remaining undefeated on the season, as it posted a 6-1 win over visiting Middle Tennessee on Friday afternoon. Brown swept the doubles point and then claimed wins at five of the six singles positions, including three in straight sets, to earn the victory.
February 5, 2011
Bears Win Third Straight; Defeat Colgate, 6-1
The Brown men’s tennis team (3-0) picked up its third straight win to improve to 3-0 on the season with a 6-1 victory over Colgate. Due to ongoing repairs to the Pizzitola Center’s membrane roof, the match was played at Centre Court in Riverside. The Bears swept the doubles matches and claimed singles wins at positions 2-6 to earn the victory. Freshman Sam Fife (Scarsfale, NY) posted a pair of wins at the #2 position, combining with senior Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) to win, 8-5, at #2 doubles, before earning a 6-1, 6-2 win at #2 singles.
January 22, 2011
Bears Open Dual Season with Pair of Wins over Buffalo (5-2) and Boston University (7-0)
The Brown men's tennis team (2-0) opened its dual season with a pair of wins Saturday afternoon, giving head coach Dave Schwarz his first two victories as the Bears' head coach. Brown hosted Buffalo at Center Court in Riverside Saturday morning and earned a 5-2 win. Later in the afternoon, the Bears hosted Boston University at the Dartmouth Indoor Courts in Dartmouth, MA, and came away with a dominating 7-0 win, claiming five of the six singles matches in straight sets.
January 13, 2011
Pizzitola Sports Center Membrane Roof Damaged
The membrane roof above the Pizzitola Sports Center’s fourth-floor tennis courts sustained weather related damage on Wednesday evening (1/12/11) due to the severe storm that dropped over a foot of snow in the Providence area.
October 31, 2010
Posner Wins Singles “B” Flight and Combines with Azargui to Win Doubles “A” Flight at Crimson Invitational
Senior Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) won the singles “B” flight at Harvard’s Big Crimson Halloween Invitational, claiming a 7-6, 7-6 win over Julian Camacho of Amherst. Posner was one of seven Bears competing in a final match on Sunday, as freshman Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) won the singles “A” flight consolation final. In addition, Posner and freshman Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, ONT) defeated teammates Burke and sophomore Thomas Deighton (London, England) in the “A” doubles flight finals. Sophomore Mike Hill (Topsham, ME) and junior Andrew Yazmer (Simsbury, CT) were finalists in the “A” doubles flight consolation bracket.
October 18, 2010
Fife Advances to Quarterfinals at ITA Regionals; Klanke Wins Singles Backdraw
Seven members of the Brown mens tennis team competed at the ITA Northeast Regionals over the weekend. Freshman Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) led the team, advancing to the singles quarterfinals, while sophomore Timmy Klanke (Potomac, MD) won five straight singles matches to claim the singles backdraw. Senior Kendrick Au (St. Johns, NF), sophomores Mike Hill (Topsham, ME) and Tom Deighton (London, England), and freshman Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) all also won at least one singles match over the weekend.
September 26, 2010
Hill & Klanke Claim "C" Doubles Flight at USTA National Tennis Center Collegiate Invitational
Sophomores Mike Hill (Topsham, ME) and Timmy Klanke (Potomac, MD) led six Brown men's tennis players over the weekend at the USTA National Tennis Center Collegiate Invitational by capturing the "C" Doubles Flight. Along the way, Hill and Klanke upset two seeded teams, including the top-seeded team in the flight in a semifinal match.
September 19, 2010
Bears Win Four Singles Flights At Northeast Intercollegiate
The Brown men's tennis team concluded its first competition of the season with four players winning matches in the finals of their respective draws. In fact, three of those finals were all Brown finals, as the Bears had four players take second in their respective draws. Winners included freshman Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY), sophomore Mike Hill (Topsham, ME), freshman Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica), and freshman Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, ONT), while other finalists included sophomore Tom Deighton (London, England), sophomore Timmy Klanke (Potomac, MD), senior Kendrick Au (St. John's, NF), and sophomore Luciano Musella (Fort Lauderdale, FL).
September 18, 2010
Bears Win Three Doubles Flights at Northeast Intercollegiate
The Brown men's tennis team continued action at the Northeast Intercollegiate on Saturday afternoon with three doubles pairings winning their respective flights and a fourth pairing winning the backdraw of their flight. In singles action, six Bears will face off against each other on Sunday in the finals of three flights, while two more players are also in the finals of their flights, as Brown has eight members of the team scheduled to play in Sunday's singles finals.
September 17, 2010
Bears Wrap up First Day of Season Opening Tournament
Under the direction of first-year Bears' coach David Schwarz, the Brown men's tennis team opened its 2010-11 season on Friday on the first day of competition at the three-day Northeast Intercollegiate. The Bears welcomed 8 teams to Providence, including Brandeis, Bryant, Bucknell, Colgate, Hofstra, Marist, NJIT, and Villanova. 10 players represented Brown, and the Bears had eight players win their first singles matches, including all six players in the top three sets.
August 30, 2010
David Schwarz Named Browns Head Mens Tennis Coach
David Schwarz, the head coach of the mens tennis program at Middlebury for the past 10 years, has been named the head mens tennis coach at Brown, in an announcement made by Brown Director of Athletics, Michael Goldberger.