Men's Tennis Opens Fall with Farnsworth Ivy Plus

PHILADELPHIA -- This weekend marks the beginning of the fall season for the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team. The Quakers will hit the courts at the Lenz Tennis Center on Princeton’s campus for the 46th annual Farnsworth Ivy Plus. Previously known as the Princeton/Farnsworth Invitational, the event begins on Friday at 8:30 a.m. and continues through Sunday. The tournament will have eight singles flights and two doubles flights. Each singles bracket will start with 16 players, while the doubles draws will begin with 32 pairs.

All of the Ancient Eight members will be contenders, as well as teams from Army, Binghamton, Buffalo, Iowa, Marist, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Monmouth, NJIT, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, St. John’s, Tulane, and Virginia Tech.

“After a week of practice, it will be great to finally watch the team compete,” said Albert G. Malloy Head Coach of Men’s Tennis David Geatz. “I am especially excited to see our freshman class in action.”

This year’s freshmen – Nicolas Podesta, Josh Pompan, Gabriel Rapoport, Nicholai Westergaard -- were six points shy of cracking Tennis Recruiting Network’s Top 25 Men’s Recruiting Classes. Penn was the top program receiving votes with 48 points, ahead of Texas A&M (33) and fellow Ivy rivals Columbia (10), Yale (2), and Brown (1).

Podesta, Pompan, Rapoport, and Westergaard will all begin their collegiate careers this weekend at Princeton, which is where last year’s freshmen began theirs.

Last fall, the Red and Blue participated in both the Princeton/Farnsworth Invitational and the Ivy Plus.

Sophomore Matt Nardella started with a 3-1 record, after advancing to the finals of the Nassau singles in the Princeton/Farnsworth. He then won the Flight C Doubles at the Ivy Plus, while sophomore Marshall Sharp advanced to the Flight E Finals. Nardella finished with a 12-5 record and Sharp went 9-3. Sophomore Thomas Spratt ended last year’s fall season 11-7.

In singles play, main-draw contests will be best-of-three sets; back-draw singles contests will have a tiebreaker for a third set. Doubles matches will be an eight-game pro-set format. All matches will use the newly instated no-ad scoring.

In the event of inclement weather, Jadwin Gym and other area indoor courts will host matches.