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Junior Aditya Gupta prepares for a doubles point at the net against Temple on April 4. 2021.

Credit: Sukhmani Kaur

In the team's second invitational and first full-roster competition of the season, Penn men's tennis had a strong showing while hosting the Penn Invitational. 

The three-day competition included Saint John's, Penn State, Temple, Cornell, Drexel, and Georgetown, with Penn facing athletes from all teams except for Drexel and Georgetown. Penn played against St. John's on Friday, Penn State on Saturday, and finished the invitational against Temple and Cornell on Sunday.

Strong performances came from all levels of experience. Both junior Aditya Gupta and sophomore Sameer Gangoli were perfect across the weekend, facing St. John's, Penn State, and Temple. Gupta finished 3-0 in singles, and also had a perfect 3-0 doubles record with partner and fellow junior Harsh Parikh. 

Gangoli also finished 3-0 in singles, and along with freshman Tal Goodman, he beat pairs from St. John's and Penn State to compile a 2-0 doubles finish. Goodman paired his doubles record with two singles wins against Penn State and Cornell.

Freshman Zachery Lim helped highlight the debuting freshman classes, going 3-0 in singles on the weekend as he played Cornell on Sunday. Junior Edoardo Graziani was 2-0 in singles on Friday and Saturday, and he and junior partner Kevin Zhu went 3-0 in doubles.

The Penn Invitation is the last competition the Quakers will have in September. The next match-up will be at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., from Oct. 2-10. Penn will be represented by Graziani, Zhu, Gupta, and senior Jason Hildebrandt in the pre-qualifying singles field, with Graziani and Zhu also selected to the qualifying doubles draw.