Cardinal corner: Men's tennis is trending upward


Those within the tennis world know the legacy that the Stanford men's tennis program has in its storied history. Head coach Paul Goldstein, within three years, has brought the program back to prominence as showcased by back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances with more on the horizon with the elite performances by senior All-American Tom Fawcett and incoming freshman Axel Geller last weekend at the U.S. Open.

Fawcett claimed the U.S. Open Men's Collegiate Invitational title while Geller reached the U.S. Open Boys' Finals, about a month after he also reached the Wimbledon Boys' Final and won the Wimbledon Boys' Doubles title.

Fawcett's run to the title included two straight-set wins, one against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, whom the Cardinal fell to in the semifinals of the NCAA singles championship last May.

Geller collected four straight-set victories en route to reaching the final, where he fell to the second-seeded Yibing Wu of China.

With credentials like a two-time All-American in Fawcett, who compiled another top-15 ranking last season, combined with Geller and a seasoned roster returning for the 2017-18 season, the Cardinal is primed to become an immediate threat for its 18th NCAA title.

Geller enters as a freshman from Argentina with an eye on majoring in economics as well as holding a No. 6 ranking in the world for juniors tennis.

"The winning tradition at Stanford motivated me to join the team, and also the fact that so many players went on to be great professional players, which shows me I'm coming to the right place to pursue my dream," Geller said.

The Cardinal returns to action this fall for its tournament season before opening its dual season January 19 against San Francisco at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

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The No. 12 Cardinal returns to Varsity Turf this week to open America East Conference action against No. 24 Pacific (3-3) Thursday at 7 p.m.

Stanford (3-2) is coming off a 10-day break from games after a grueling week in intense heat that saw the Cardinal sweep a three-game series against ranked opponents.

Under head coach Tara Danielson, the Cardinal have posted a 13-2 record against Pacific, including her Stanford coaching debut on August 27, 2010 in a 6-0 win. In fact, the Tigers have only scored more than one goal on Stanford once in that period.

— Stanford Athletics

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