Boys Varsity Tennis
Message from the Coach
I’ve been coaching the Boys Varsity tennis team since 2012, and I’ve been playing tennis since I was eight-years old. As a junior on the New England tennis circuit, I played against two future top-ten professionals, Brad Gilbert and Tim Mayotte, and was ranked as high as 15th in singles and 1st in doubles. Before coming to Kent School ten years ago, I coached varsity tennis teams at other private schools and continued to play competitively in tournaments throughout Connecticut.
As the Boys Varsity tennis coach, my goal is to produce fundamentally sound, strategically smart, mentally tough and superbly conditioned tennis players who conduct themselves with dignity and class on and off the court, and who work hard in the classroom and on the practice court. I would also like to attract more tennis players to Kent School who already possess these attributes. Though Kent School’s tennis facilities are first rate (four indoor courts, four outdoor hard courts, and five outdoor clay courts), to remain competitive in a tough league we need to replenish our stock of talented players lost to graduation.
2017 Season Summary
The Boys’ Varsity Tennis Team finished the season at 2-11, notching wins against Millbrook and Trinity- Pawling, and losing two closely fought contests against Westminster and Salisbury, both tilts coming down to a third-set tie-breaker in the final match. The highlights of the season included #1 singles Cyrus Chau’s stirring three-set victory against Loomis-Chafee’s top player and Jeremy Krisberg’s three-set loss against Taft’s #2 player in the league tournament. Captain Alec Cardenas provided solid leadership all year, senior Alex Douglas was a fixture at #4 singles, Mark Khalil and Jack Ellis had some huge come-from-behind wins at #5 and #6 singles respectively, and sophomore Jason Li showed much promise at the #8 position. End-of-season award winners include Cyrus Chau, winner of the Hamilton Trophy for the top singles player; Alec Cardenas, winner of the Baxter Trophy (Coach’s Award) for his inspired leadership; and Cyrus Chau and Jeremy Krisberg , winners of the Doubles Trophy for their outstanding doubles play at the #1 position. Chau, a two-year varsity member and Krisberg , a three year member, were both elected co-captains for next year’s squad.