Men’s Tennis Adds Four in Class of 2026

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s tennis team will welcome four first-years in its incoming class of 2026, The Scott Mead ’77 Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Tennis, Andrew Rueb ’95 announced today.

Ranked fourth in the nation by Tennis Recruiting Network, the four-member class consists of Melchoir Delloye, Marc Ktiri, Valdemar Pope spirit Masato Perera. The new members of the Crimson will make their way to Cambridge this fall and hope to make an immediate impact on a program that won its 31st Ivy League Championship and made its 27th NCAA Tournament appearance this past spring.

“We are very excited to welcome the class of 2026 to campus. This is a talented and hard working group,” said Rueb. “I can’t wait to get them on the court and get started. I have high hopes for their development into young men of character, as students in the classroom and as competitors on the court.”

Read more about each member of the class of 2026 below.

Melchior Delloye
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
High School: Reeds School

Before Harvard: Played five seasons of varsity tennis for the Reeds School … Was named captain of the tennis team in his junior and senior years … Won the ITF J4 Overath (Germany) Championship in 2020, winning five matches to claim the title … Made it to the finals of the J4 Istanbul Championship in 2020 … Won the National School Tennis Championships in 2019 and 2022 … Ended 2021 with an ITF world junior ranking of 210 in the world … Ranked the 24th highest recruit in the Class of 2022 by the Tennis Recruiting Network and has a 12 UTR.

Marc Ktiri
Hometown: Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
High School: CNED

Before Harvard: Highest ITF World Junior Ranking 57 … ATP Men’s Singles Ranking 1413 and Doubles of 1133 … Captured the Benicarlo Championship in 2020 … Won both the Hillerod ITF and Lanarca Championships in 2019 … Won the U12 Title Spanish Title in 2015 … Won the U14 Title in 2017 … Won the U16 Title in 2019 … Represented Spain in the Winter Cup in 2017.

Valdemar Pope
Hometown: Charlottenlund, Denmark
High School: Øregård Gymnasium

Before Harvard: Ranked as the 14th-best recruit in the Class of 2022 by the Tennis Recruiting Network … A four-time Danish National Champion in singles play … Captured the 2021 ITF Rosklide Championship … Won the 2021 Hillerod Championship … Sports a 12.6 UTR and high men’s ATP ranking of 1595 this summer.

Masato Perera
Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
High School: San Marcos High School

Before Harvard: Ranked as a blue chip and five-star recruit by the Tennis Recruiting Network … Listed as the fifth-best recruit in California and 28th in the nation by TRN … Won the CIF-Southern Section Individual Singles Championship in 2021 … Captured the USTA National Boys 18’s Singles Championship, a Level 1 USTA event … Won the Channel League Singles title in 2018 … Awarded the Southern California Tennis MVP Award by the USTA … Named a National High School Tennis Association All-American … Honored as the Santa Barbara Round Table’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2022 … Brother Kento played tennis at Stanford and his sister, Yuka, plays tennis at MIT … Three-year National Honor Society member … Received the USTA Scholar Athlete award … Member of the Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership and Enrichment at San Marcos … Has a 12.13 UTR.

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