January 29, 2002

Malone Captures Harvard Invitational Title

Jan. 29, 2002

The Brown Men's Tennis team traveled to Cambridge, Mass. the weekend of January 26-28 to compete in Harvard Winter Invitational, marking the beginning of the spring season. Other teams competing at the tournament were Darmouth, Princeton, Hartford, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Marist. It was an extremely deep field with two flights of singles and one flight of doubles.

In the "A" flight of singles senior co-captain Nick Malone was seeded #2, and played flawless tennis the entire weekend. He captured the singles title without dropping a set. En route to his victory Malone beat George Turner of Harvard 6-4,6-2, Justin Natale of Brown 7-5,6-4, and Akshay Jagsdale of Rutgers 6-3,7-6 (4) In Monday's finals, Malone beat the #1 seed Johnathan Chu of Harvard 7-6(4),6,2. Chu ranked #47 in the nation was an impressive win for Malone. This is a tremendous start for Malone, and coach Jon Choboy will look for his leadership throughout the whole season.

Freshman Nick Goldberg played well and put himself in a position to take out the #1 seed Chu. In his first round Goldberg beat Michael Sowter of Marist 6-4,6-4, and in the second round he took out Chris Chiou 6-3,3-6,6-1, earning a quarter-final berth. He faced Chu and played well, but ended up losing 6-1,6-3. Goldberg's doubles partner, freshman Adil Shamasdin, beat Jeff Sloves, Dartmouth's #1 player, in the first round 6-4,6-2. This was a great win for Shamasdin, In the second round Shamasdin ran into a very hot Akshay Jagsdale of Rutgers and fell 6-0,6-3.

The two freshman continued their impressive doubles record finishing second in the doubles draw. En route to the finals they beat Gonyer/Webb of Dartmouth 8-6, Vissers/Beilen of Rutgers 8-4, Snyder/Haimovic of Harvard 8-2. In the finals the duo fell short to Harvard's #1 team of Chu/Choo 9-7. Goldberg and Shamasdin are now 13-3 on the year.

Junior Justin Natale began his comeback by beating Davor Duplijak of Virginia Tech 6-4,6-3 and then took out Will Lee of Harvard 6-3,6-2. In the quarter-finals Natale fell to fellow teammate Nick Malone 7-5,6-4.

In the "B" flight singles Sophomore Kris Goddard made his way to the semifinals. On the way Goddard beat Neal Bobba of Dartmouth 6-1,6-4, Andrew Rabens of Harvard 4-6,7-6(3), 6-4. He fell to the eventual champion Borko Kereshi of Dartmouth 7-6(5),6-3. Junior JR Argo made his way to the quarter-finals by beating David Webb of Dartmouth 6-4,6-1, and the #5 seed Martin Vissers of Rutgers 7-5,6-4. Argo also fell to eventual champion Kereshi 7-5,6-2.

It was a good start for the Men's Tennis team. On February 2nd Brown will host St. John's and Colgate. Following the doubleheader, the Bears will begin preparation for the National Team Indoor Championship. The National Team Indoors is a field of the top 16 teams from around the country. Brown drew #1 seed Georgia in the first round. This will mark the first time the Men's team has competed in this event. Brown qualified by winning the ECAC championship in October.