Sept. 22, 2003
Boston, MA -
Coach Jay Harris' Brown men's tennis team had a strong showing at the Harvard Fall invitational, with its number one doubles team of senior Jamie Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin capturing the doubles title, and Shamasdin advancing to the A singles championship match.
"Adil came out and really showed the intensity level and effort that we were looking for in singles and doubles," said Harris. "Jamie and Adil obviously played well in doubles, losing only one game in three matches against non-Brown opponents in route to the doubles title. Our freshman Eric Thomas started his career off with a bang - going undefeated against non-Brown opponents."
Thomas opened with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Harvard and followed with a 6-4, 6-1 win over MIT. Unfortunately, he ran into teammate Jamie Cerretani and dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision.
Cerretani, the second seed, opened with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Harvard, defeated Thomas, but lost to teammate and doubles partner Shamasdin in a tough match, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2.
Shamasdin struggled in his first match, earning a 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 decision against Harvard's Jack Li, and then defeated Harvard's Chris Chiou, 2-6, 6-7, 6-2. His next opponent withdrew due to injury and Shamasdin reached the finals with the win over Cerretani. In the championship match, Shamasdin dropped a 6-2, 6-2, decision to the number one seed, Harvard's David Longman.
In the consolation bracket, senior Kris Goddard advanced to the finals, before dropping a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Harvard's Li.
In doubles, cerretani and Shamasdin cruised to victory, beating two teams from Harvard, 8-0 and 8-1, before facing teammates Thomas and Goodard, 8-6, in the semifinals. The doubles duo then toppled Harvard's number one doubles team of Valkin and Li, 8-0 for the doubles title.
In addition, Brown's doubles team of sophomore Phil Charm and sophomore Richard Moss captured the doubles backdraw title, defeating teammates Luke Tedaldi, a sophomore, and senior Ben Brier, 8-3, in the finals.