The Tufts University men's tennis team will feature one of the most talented rosters in the program's successful history during the 2021 season.
The Jumbo singles line-up will look much like it has in recent years. Along with seniors Boris Sorkin and OwenBartok, the Jumbos have juniors Isaac Gorelik, Paris Pentousis and Jack Moldenhauer all returning as starters. Sophomore Rishabh Sharda was poised to be a singles starter throughout last season before the pandemic hit. He will be a key contributor in 2021.
The doubles pairings were uncertain at the time of this release, but there's plenty of exciting possibilities. That includes Sorkin and sophomore Josh Belandres, who finished as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England doubles runner-up for the fall 2019 and competed at the 2019 ITA Cup in Georgia.
(Photos from 2018 and 2019 season)
Along with Sorkin's major achievements in singles, Gorelik and Sharda both earned national top 40 rankings for their fall singles performances in 2019-20. Gorelik won the A singles title at Middlebury and advanced to the A singles final at Bates College's Wallach Invitational. Sharda won A singles at Wesleyan's fall tournament last year. Pentousis was the starter at #2 singles as a freshman and Moldenhauer has also been starting singles matches since his freshman season of 2018-19. In the Northeast, Sorkin (#1), Gorelik (6th), Sharda (9th) and Pentousis (25th) are all ranked by the ITA.
In doubles, the aforementioned Sorkin and Belandres were also A doubles champions at the Middlebury Invitational in 2019 and earned a #10 national ranking that year. Seniors Bartok and Hereford have been a regular pairing in previous seasons. Beyond that though, Coach Gregor and his staff are still working to find the best combinations for the Jumbos.
Juniors Dylan Glickman and Akash Verma along with sophomore Matthew Cashin started for Tufts in the opening day double-header last year. Junior Lantis Wang and sophomore Stephan Lhuillier also add to the team's strong depth. Corey Marley is the leading member of the three-man freshman class that also includes Mauricio Gutierrez and Oliver Obeid.
Voute Courts, the home of Tufts tennis since the 1980s, was repurposed to host the campus modular residential units (the mods) which are being used for isolation and health monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tennis teams will play their home matches at Lower Campus Courts next to Ellis Oval / Zimman Field.
The ITA has not released team rankings for the 2020-21 season. The Jumbos were ranked 18th in the last national poll that was dated February 27, 2020. Tufts was seventh regionally at that time.