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Harvard’s Brownell and Yale’s Lovejoy to Contest ToC Wild Card Playoff Final

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January 10, 2019
by Chris McClintick

[Above: Timmy Brownell (l) and Thomas Rosini]

The 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Championship men’s wild card playoff will feature an all-Ivy League clash between Harvard’s Timmy Brownell and Yale’s Spencer Lovejoy after both players advanced Wednesday, January 9, at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Connecticut.

Lovejoy, Yale’s No. 1, was the first match on court against teammate Harrison Gill, who plays No. 3 on Yale’s ladder. The Yale ladder rankings held true as Lovejoy defeated Gill 11-6, 11-2, 11-6.

“I felt pretty comfortable on court today,” Lovejoy said. “Harrison and I have played a lot of matches in the past so we know each other’s games pretty well. I was just trying to have fun and enjoy the match, hit my shots and play my game.”

Harrison Gill (l) and Spencer Lovejoy

Brownell, Harvard’s No. 3, followed on court against seventeen-year-old Thomas Rosini, who recently returned stateside after representing Team USA at the British Junior Open earlier this month. Brownell’s experience paid off as he dispatched Rosini 11-0, 11-8, 11-8.

“I thought it was a good match,” Brownell said. “He’s a very talented young player and it’s great to see him as the next generation of Americans coming up. I could tell he was a little bit nervous at the start of the match. He came stronger in the second game and kind of got his feet under him. I think it was a good experience for both of us.”

Lovejoy and Brownell will face off for a spot in the prestigious Tournament of Champions main draw Thursday evening at 5:30pm. Lovejoy and Brownell represented junior Team USA together at the World Junior Championships before attending rival colleges. Brownell won their most recent encounter at the 2018 U.S. men’s championship.

“Timmy and I have played a lot in the past,” Lovejoy said. “I’m just going to play my game and stay confident in my shots. Move him as much as I can and put as much pressure on him as I can.”

“I feel good going into the match against Spencer,” Brownell. “Spencer’s a really strong player, we’ve been playing against each other for a while so I’m looking forward to the battle.”

Men’s Draw @ Chelsea Piers CT

Thomas Rosini (USA) 3-0 David Cromwell (USA) 11-4, 11-9, 11-3

[3] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) 3-0 [4] Harrison Gill (USA) 11-6, 11-2, 11-6
[2] Timmy Brownell (USA) 3-0 Thomas Rosini (USA) 11-0, 11-8, 11-8

[2] Timmy Brownell (USA) vs [3] Spencer Lovejoy (USA): 1/10 @ 5:30pm