PHILADELPHIA – David Geatz, the Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men’s Tennis, is proud to officially announce the 2014-15 University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis captains. Senior Jeremy Court and junior Vim De Alwis were named to lead the other 14 members of the Red and Blue squad.
“We are very lucky to have both Jeremy and Vim serving as our 2014-15 co-captains,” said Geatz.
“Jeremy is not only one of our best players but is well respected by all his teammates. He’s going to provide us with great senior leadership. As for Vim, he isone of the hardest working, most dedicated members of the Quaker squad.He is the type of player who leads by example. Vim is quiet but very determined and will be a great captain.”
Last spring Court went 8-11, collecting five wins at the No. 3 spot, two at No. 2, and one at No. 4. He finished the 2013 fall season with a 12-4 record, going a perfect 4-0 in singles at the Penn Invitational and the Gopher Invite. This past weekend, Court was a perfect 3-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles.
As a freshman, De Alwis posted the most wins in the spring with a record of 14-4, playing at the No. 5 and 6 singles spots. Last year he went 9-8 while playing at the No. 2 and 1 spots.
As well as playing singles, both Court and De Alwis play doubles. Over the past two years, the duo has a combined 5-8 record when playing together.
Get to know the 2014-15 men’s tennis captains
What has your tennis experience been like at Penn and what is your outlook for this season?
Jeremy: “Both Vim and I are extremely excited for the upcoming season. We have a great group of freshmen this year along with a number of returning players who are all determined to improve on previous year’s results. Going into my final year of college tennis here at Penn, I'm looking forward to my last shot at helping our team compete for an Ivy League title.”
Vim: “Being on the tennis team means so much to me because it's honestly the best part of my college experience. To share the highs and lows with such a great group of guys is something I wish all students in college were lucky enough to get the chance to do.
“We have some really good recruits this year, ability-wise, and they are really nice guys too, which to me, is really important as well. They all work really hard and could contest for a starting spot in our lineup come the spring. I'm really optimistic about what we can do as a team this year because we have a group of guys who are really committed to working hard and working for each other. It's a great recipe for success. Winning our home tournament this past weekend has really made all the guys believe we can be a contender for the Ivy League title this year!”
What are your thoughts on being named captain?
Vim: “It's a great honor and it means a lot to me to be voted captain by the other guys on the team. I think we have so many great, hardworking guys on the team that any of them could have been named captain, I'm just lucky to be part of a team like that.”
Tell us something about the other captain.
Jeremy: “Vim has always been a hard worker from the moment he got here and is a great example for our team. We will work together to make sure that our team is ready to perform when the spring season arrives, and that we give ourselves the best chance to produce results that our amazing tennis alumni can be proud of.”
Vim: “Even though Jeremy is a year older than me in school, he has been my best friend on the team. We share so many of the same interests, so I end up spending more time with him than any other guy. When I took my official visit to Penn I stayed with Jeremy and I had a great time with him and thought he was a really good dude. That's probably when the friendship started. Then ever since moving out of the dorms I've lived with him in the same house (so for two years now) and I've really enjoyed it. I think he is by far the most talented player on our team and has aspects of his game which I personally will never develop, they are that advanced. Our friendship off the court makes tough decisions that we have to make as captains a lot easier, and I'm really excited to share the reins with someone I'm so close to. He's a great guy and we are lucky to have him on our team.”