Three Men's Tennis Players Advance in Singles Play at Tufts / Brandeis Invitational

Owen Bartok won his B singles match in straight sets

MEDFORD/WALTAM – Three Tufts University men's tennis players won singles matches on the opening day of the Tufts / Brandeis Invitational on Friday.

Playing in the round of 32, junior co-captain Ethan Bershtein, junior Ben Biswas and sophomore Owen Bartok advanced to the round of 16 with their wins.

Bershtein made quick work of Pablo Ampudia from MIT 6-2, 6-0 in their B singles match at Brandeis. He will now play Harris Foulkes from Amherst, the #2 seed in the draw, in the round of 16 at 5 pm Saturday. The match will be played indoors in Winchester due to rain expected tomorrow.

Facing Rajan Vohra from Brandeis in A singles, Biswas overcame a deficit to win a long match 6-7 (3), 6-2, 10-8 indoors at Tufts Friday night. Next up for him is #3 seed Noah Farrell from Middlebury indoors in Natick at 3 pm.

Bartok was decisive in his round of 32 victory against Michael Medvedev from Williams (6-2, 6-2) indoors at Brandeis. Bowdoin's #4 seed Larry Zhao will be Bartok's next opponent in B singles with their round of 16 match at 5 pm in Winchester.

Jumbos Nathan Niemiec, Carl-Herman Grant and Jack Moldenhauer lost first-round matches on Friday and will play in the A singles back draw on Saturday afternoon. Likewise, Tufts' Akash Verma and Isaac Gorelik lost B singles matches on Friday and will play in a consolation bracket on Saturday.

Sixteen-team A and B doubles flights begin in the tournament on Saturday.