CAMBRIDGE, MA – Friday marked the start of the MIT Fall Invitational with rounds of 64 and rounds of 32 in both singles and doubles play at the du Pont Tennis courts and the J.B. Carr Tennis bubble. The Invite features top players from eight DIII colleges. First round elimination was completed on Friday, followed by rounds of 16 and 8 on Saturday, and rounded out with the semifinals and finals in singles and doubles on Sunday.
Singles play featured eight Eph competitors when the round of 64 began at 9:00 am on Friday. The first two rounds of play found four Williams' players still in the running for the champion spot. Eight seed Austin Barr '21 convincingly overcame a Tufts opponent 6-1, 6-4, before defeating a Bowdoin competitor 6-3, 6-2. Calvin Chung '21 first felled a top 16 seeded challenger from Bowdoin with a score of 6-3, 6-0, and then overcame a Middlebury player 6-4, 6-2. Top seeded Alex Taylor '20 began by edging out an Amherst opponent 7-5, 6-4, and then defeated a Bowdoin adversary 6-4, 6-4. Sixth seed Sachin Raghavan '18 rounded out the remaining Williams contenders with an initial 6-2, 6-2 victory over a Middlebury opponent, followed by a long well fought success over a Wesleyan competitor with a score of 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-0. Benjamin Lebowitz '20 was eliminated in a hard fought battle with a Bowdoin opponent in the first round of play. Likewise, Noah Reich '21, Arturo Kam '21, and Ananth Raghavan '20 fell to Wesleyan and Middlebury players in the second round. For the chance to continue on in the tournament, Barr will face off against an Amherst opponent, Chung will match up against the five seed competitor from Amherst, Taylor will face a Middlebury challenger, and Raghavan will play an MIT adversary. The next round of singles play will begin at 9:00 am Saturday morning.
The Ephs began Friday with four tandems' in the running. The first round of 32 left two of the four pairs still in contention. Seventh seed Taylor and Barr continued their earlier success with a 8-2 victory over a Tufts duo to move into the next round of play. Likewise, Lebowitz and Raghavan defeated a Middlebury duo 8-6 to clinch their spot in the next round. First year partners Kam and Chung fell in a close game to a Tufts pair with an 8-4 score. Yuxin (Christopher) Wu '19 and Rehaan Vij '18 were also edged out in an 8-2 loss to a Wesleyan doubles team. Despite their well fought losses, both doubles pairs will have the chance to play in the consolation bracket on Saturday. While Wu and Vij will match up against the felled five seed tandem from Middlebury, Kam and Chung will face off against the eliminated one seed partner pairing, also from Middlebury. After their early successes, Taylor and Barr are set to play a Bowdoin pairing in the next round. and Raghavan will take on a Wesleyan duo for a chance to continue advancing.
Match play will kick off with the second round of elimination at 9:00 am on Saturday.