YSU To Face Challenging Field at Navy's Joe Hunt Invitational

Joao Garretto
Joao Garretto

The Youngstown State men's tennis team will be in action this Friday through Sunday at the Joe Hunt Invitational hosted at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The Penguins will face individuals from Navy, St. Bonaventure, George Washington, Temple, Georgetown, Fairleigh Dickinson, Richmond, George Mason, Coppin State, Mary Washington and Christopher Newport at the event.

Tournament format features four singles and two doubles flights. Matches begin on Friday at 10 a.m., Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. and will utilize Navy's courts both on The Yard and inside and outside of the Brigade Sports Complex.

The Penguins have played in two tournaments so far this fall - the River Forest Collegiate Invitational and the Toledo Invitational. Erik Gran leads the Penguins in wins with five while freshman Will Everett has four. The Penguins own a singles mark of 15-13 through the two tournaments.

The event is named after the 1942 graduate of the USNA who won the intercollegiate national title in singles (precursor to NCAA) in 1941 and the 1943 USTA National Championship (U.S. Open). Hunt lost his life in an aviation training accident in 1945 prior to the end of World War II. He remains the only player in the sport's history to have won U.S. boys (ages 15 and under), juniors (18 and under), collegiate and national / U.S. Open titles in singles. Hunt was posthumously inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.