Boys' Tennis

Varsity

Overview

For nearly a century, Blair has maintained a rich tradition in boys’ tennis, fielding competitive teams and producing scores of fine players, many of whom have gone on to have successful careers at the collegiate level.

From the unbeaten 1930 team that scored shutout victories over the Princeton freshmen and Lawrenceville, to Frank Hammond, who starred at Yale and who went on to become a legendary tennis chair umpire whose fiery presence made the great matches between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe all the more memorable, to the unbeaten 2010 and 2011 teams that captured back-to-back Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and state championships, Blair tennis is alive and well!

Blair Graduates Who Have Played College Tennis

  • Rashad Shelton '09 - West Point
  • Cole Agin '10 - Dickinson College
  • Noah Joachim '11 - Johns Hopkins
  • Musyoka Mbithi '11 - Trinity College
  • Dragos Ignat '12 - Columbia University
  • Chris Sabaitis '12 - Columbia University
  • Sam Loring '14 - Dickinson College

Meet the Coach

Meet Coach Pagotto

Ryan Pagotto Ryan Pagotto '97 was captain of the Blair Academy tennis team while a student and went on to play three years of collegiate tennis and serve as a co-captain of the Dickinson College tennis team.

He served as head girls' tennis coach and assistant boys' tennis coach at Blair for four years and returned to coaching in 2014 as the head boys' coach. Ryan remains an avid player and annually looks forward to the spring months when he can escape his office each afternoon to be on the courts with the team.

Schedule

View directions to athletic events. To read recaps about past events, go to the "Team News" tab above.

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Roster

No players were found for this team

Photos

View more photos from the 2016-2017 season or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Team News

News & Recaps

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Spring Training

The Blair boys’ varsity tennis team annually heads to Florida for one week during spring break to prepare for its upcoming season.

Most recently, the Bucs have trained at the world-renowned Saddlebrook Resort just outside of Tampa. The Harry Hopman program at Saddlebrook has prepared pros such as Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis and James Blake for professional careers in tennis and serves as the primary training site for current stars such as John Isner and the Bryan brothers.

During preseason training, the team does its best to play a few matches while in Florida. In the past, prep powers Ransom Everglades and Gulliver Prep in Miami have helped to get players "match ready" for an equally challenging spring schedule up north.

NEMA Tournament

Established at Blair Academy in 1997 and moved in 2006 to The McDonogh School in Baltimore, Maryland, the New England/Mid-Atlantic Tennis Tournament (NEMA) is one of the premier boys’ tennis tournaments in the East.

Each year, 16 teams from as far away as Ohio, Massachusetts and Virginia converge to compete during this two-day tournament. The NEMA is a great way for our athletes to compete against some outstanding players from other parts of the country.

Blair's Tennis Center

TennisThe Blair Tennis Center includes 10 Deco Turf II courts, five of which are lighted, and the Sloane Tennis House, which boasts locker rooms and a second-floor balcony overlooking the courts.

This beautiful facility ranks as one of the finest tennis facilities in the Northeast.

Mid-Atlantic Prep League

Blair Academy is a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL), a conference committed to providing the very best of athletic competition and adhering to the highest standards of sportsmanship.

Along with Peddie, Hun and Lawrenceville from New Jersey, in addition to Pennsylvania schools Mercersburg and Hill, the MAPL is regarded as one of the most competitive athletic conferences in the country, and tennis is no exception.

Past Results

Spring 2017

Date Opponent Location Start Info
4/1 Hun Home 2:00 pm 7-0 W
4/5 Princeton Day School Home 4:00 pm 3-2 W
4/8 Mercersburg Home 1:00 pm 7-0 W
4/10 Warren Hills Home 4:00 pm 7-0 W
4/12 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 1-6 L
4/19 Peddie Home 4:00 pm 5-2 W
4/22 Wyoming Seminary Away 2:00 pm
4/24 Newton Home 4:00 pm 7-0 W
4/26 Hill Away 4:00 pm 5-2 W
4/29 NEMA's Away 6th- W
5/3 Pennington Away 4:30 pm 4-1 W
5/6 Peddie Away 3:30 pm
5/8 Dwight Englewood Home 4:15 pm 1-4 L
5/10 Hun Away 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/13 MAPLs @ Lawrenceville Away 8:00 am 2nd- W
5/17 Gill St. Bernard's Away 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/20 States @ Lawrenceville Away 9:00 am 3rd- W

Spring 2016

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/2 Hun Away 3:00 pm PPD
4/6 Princeton Day School Away 4:00 pm 1-4 L
4/8 Newark Away 4:00 pm 1-4 L
4/9 Mercersburg Away 1:00 pm PPD
4/10 Mercersburg Away 12:00 pm 5-2 W
4/11 Wyoming Seminary Home 4:00 pm PPD
4/13 Lawrenceville Home 3:30 pm 0-7 L
4/16 Upper Canada College Home 1:00 pm 5-13 L
4/20 Peddie Home 4:30 pm 5-2 W
4/22 Newton Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
4/23 McNair Home 1:00 pm Canceled
4/25 Wyoming Seminary Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
4/27 Hill Home 3:30 pm 5-1 W
4/30 NEMAs Away
5/1 NEMAs Away 9th-Place
5/4 Pennington Home 4:15 pm PPD
5/7 Peddie Away 3:30 pm Canceled
5/9 Phillipsburg Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/11 Hun Home 4:00 pm 7-0 W
5/12 Gill St. Bernard's Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/14 MAPLs @ Lehigh University Away 9:00 am 4th-Place
5/16 Rutgers Prep Home 4:15 pm 5-0 W
5/22 States @ Lawrenceville Away 9:00 am Canceled

Spring 2015

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/1 Hun Home 4:00 pm 5-2 W
4/4 St. Peter's Home 1:00 pm 5-0 W
4/8 Peddie Home 3:30 pm 4-3 W
4/9 Newark Home 4:00 pm PPD
4/11 Mercersburg Home 1:00 pm 3-4 L
4/13 High Point Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
4/15 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 0-6 L
4/18 Upper Canada College Home 1:00 pm 3-15 L
4/21 Gill St. Bernard's Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
4/22 Hill Away 4:00 pm PPD
4/24 Hill Away 3:30 pm 3-4 L
4/25 NEMAs Away
4/26 NEMAs Away 9th-Place
4/28 Newark Home 4:00 pm 1-4 L
4/29 Princeton Day School Home 4:00 pm 1-4 L
5/1 Wyoming Seminary Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/5 Montville Away 4:00 pm 4-1 W
5/6 Pennington Away 4:00 pm 2-3 L
5/9 MAPLs Away 11:00 am 3rd-Place
5/13 Phillipsburg Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/14 Montclair Kimberley Away 4:15 pm 1-4 L
5/16 States Away 3rd-Place

Spring 2014

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/2 Hun Home 4:00 pm 7-0 W
4/4 Montville Home 4:00 pm Canceled
4/5 Peddie Away 2:00 pm 7-0 W
4/7 Phillipsburg Home 3:45 pm Postponed
4/9 Rutgers Prep Away 3:45 pm 4-1 W
4/11 Princeton Day School Home 4:00 pm Postponed
4/12 Mercersburg Away 1:00 pm 4-3 W
4/16 Lawrenceville Home 3:00 pm 1-6 L
4/17 Newark Away 4:15 pm 0-5 L
4/23 Hill Home 3:30 pm 6-1 W
4/24 Wallkill Home 4:00 pm 4-0 W
4/26 NEMAs Away
4/27 NEMAs Away
4/30 Pennington Away 4:00 pm Canceled
5/1 Wyoming Seminary Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/3 McNair Home 2:30 pm Canceled
5/5 Morristown-Beard Away 4:15 pm 5-0 W
5/6 Hunterdon Central Home 4:00 pm 4-1 W
5/8 Gill St. Bernard's Away 4:00 pm Canceled
5/10 MAPLs @ Lehigh University Away 9:00 am 2nd Place
5/12 Phillipsburg Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/14 Montclair Kimberley Home 4:15 pm 5-0 W
5/17 States @ Lawrenceville Away 10:00 am

JV

Overview

For nearly a century, Blair has maintained a rich tradition in boys’ tennis, fielding competitive teams and producing scores of fine players, many of whom have gone on to have successful careers at the collegiate level.

From the unbeaten 1930 team that scored shutout victories over the Princeton freshmen and Lawrenceville, to Frank Hammond, who starred at Yale and who went on to become a legendary tennis chair umpire whose fiery presence made the great matches between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe all the more memorable, to the unbeaten 2010 and 2011 teams that captured back-to-back Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and state championships, Blair tennis is alive and well!

Meet the Coach

Meet Coach Gerdsen

Since joining Blair's faculty in 2004, Rod Gerdsen has served in a wide variety of roles, including science teacher, academic dean for the junior class and new international students, director of annual giving, and, most recently, admission associate. He works closely with students as head academic monitor for the freshman class, teacher of Blair biology and marine science courses, and coach of the JV boys' squash and tennis teams. In his admission office work, Rod has the opportunity to welcome prospective families to campus and interview them as part of the application process. Although he now lives off campus with his wife, Cassi, and their children Kate '20 and Jack, Rod spent 11 years as the housemaster of East Hall, a dorm of 60 sophomore and junior boys. Earlier in his Blair career, he also taught honors biology and coached boys' JV soccer.

Rod completed his undergraduate work at Colby College in 1993 and earned a master's degree in marine science from the University of Rhode Island in 2000. He then spent four years as a teacher and director of residential life at the Pennington School in New Jersey, one year teaching biology at Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Florida, and two years at Aiken Prep School in South Carolina, where he served as director of residential life and athletic director.

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
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Roster

No players were found for this team

Photos

View more photos from the 2016-2017 season or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Past Results

Spring 2017

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/6 Princeton Day School Away 4:00 pm 1-4 L
4/8 Newark Academy Away 4:00 pm
4/11 Wyoming Seminary Home 4:00 pm PPD
4/13 Lawrenceville Home 3:30 pm 1-5 L
4/20 Peddie Home 4:30 pm 1-4 L
4/22 Newton Home 4:00 pm 3-0 W
4/23 McNair Home 1:00 pm Canceled
4/25 Wyoming Seminary Home 4:00 pm 2-3 L
4/27 Hill Home 3:30 pm 2-3 L
5/4 Pennington Home 4:15 pm PPD
5/7 Peddie Away 3:30 pm Canceled
5/9 Phillipsburg Home 4:00 pm 3-5 L
5/11 Hun Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/12 Gill St. Bernard's Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/16 Rutgers Prep Home 4:15 pm 4-0 W

Spring 2016

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/6 Princeton Day School Away 4:00 pm 1-4 L
4/8 Newark Academy Away 4:00 pm
4/11 Wyoming Seminary Home 4:00 pm PPD
4/13 Lawrenceville Home 3:30 pm 1-5 L
4/20 Peddie Home 4:30 pm 1-4 L
4/22 Newton Home 4:00 pm 3-0 W
4/23 McNair Home 1:00 pm Canceled
4/25 Wyoming Seminary Home 4:00 pm 2-3 L
4/27 Hill Home 3:30 pm 2-3 L
5/4 Pennington Home 4:15 pm PPD
5/7 Peddie Away 3:30 pm Canceled
5/9 Phillipsburg Home 4:00 pm 3-5 L
5/11 Hun Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/12 Gill St. Bernard's Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/16 Rutgers Prep Home 4:15 pm 4-0 W

Spring 2015

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/1 Hun Home 4:15 pm 2-4 L
4/8 Peddie Home 3:30 pm 3-2 W
4/9 Newark Home 4:00 pm PPD
4/13 High Point Home 4:00 pm 4-0 W
4/15 Lawrenceville Away 3:30 pm 0-5 L
4/20 Gill St. Bernard's Away 4:15 pm PPD
4/22 Hill Away 4:00 pm Canceled
4/23 Gill St. Bernard's Away 4:30 pm 5-0 W
4/28 Newark Home 4:00 pm 0-5 L
4/29 Princeton Day School Home 4:00 pm 2-3 L
5/1 Wyoming Seminary Home 4:00 pm 3-2 W
5/5 Montville Away 4:00 pm 0-3 L
5/13 Phillipsburg Home 4:00 pm 3-2 W
5/14 Montclair Kimberley Away 4:15 pm 2-1 W

Spring 2014

Date Opponent Location Time Results
4/2 Hun Home 4:00 pm 3-4 L
4/4 Montville Home 4:00 pm Canceled
4/5 Peddie Away 2:00 pm 7-0 W
4/7 Phillipsburg Home 3:45 pm Postponed
4/9 Morristown-Beard Home 4:15 pm 2-3 L
4/11 Princeton Day School Home 4:00 pm Postponed
4/16 Lawrenceville Home 3:00 pm 0-5 L
4/17 Newark Away 4:15 pm 1-4 L
4/23 Hill Home 3:30 pm 4-1 W
4/30 Morristown-Beard Home 4:15 pm Canceled
5/1 Wyoming Seminary Home 4:00 pm 5-0 W
5/3 McNair Home 2:30 pm Canceled
5/6 Hunterdon Central Home 4:00 pm 1-7 L
5/7 Rutgers Prep Away 3:45 pm 3-2 W
5/8 Gill St. Bernard's Home 4:00 pm Canceled
5/12 Phillipsburg Home 4:00 pm 4-0 W
5/14 Montclair Kimberley Home 4:15 pm 2-1 W

Blair's Tennis Center

The Blair Tennis Center includes 10 Deco Turf II courts, five of which are lighted, and the Sloane Tennis House, which boasts locker rooms and a second-floor balcony overlooking the courts.

This beautiful facility ranks as one of the finest tennis facilities in the Northeast.

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