HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s tennis player Charlie Broom spent his summer playing against and training with some of the best players in the world. The rising sophomore tested and honed his skills in five ATP professional level Futures events over the course of the last nine weeks. Broom, who was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year at the end of the 2016-17 season, competed in two tournaments in New York, a pair in Austria and one in Belgium.
Playing against players ranked as high as No. 475 in the world, most of which compete professionally, Broom compiled a record of 15-5 in singles and 8-3 in doubles. He capped off the summer by winning his first professional title last week in Belgium, teaming up with Colin Sinclair of Australia (Cornell ’17) to win the doubles event. Along the way, Broom and Sinclair defeated the No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 seeds in the tournament.
“I think this summer has helped me prepare for the upcoming season very well,” Broom said. “I played a lot of matches at a level that I had never played at before, so to come away with a positive record is something that I take a lot of confidence from, because it shows that I can compete at a professional level. I want to carry this confidence into the new season with Dartmouth to help the team as much as I can.”
Because he began the summer with no ATP professional points — and therefore no ranking — Broom had to fight through the qualifying rounds in all five singles events in order to earn a spot in the main draw. In the last four of these tournaments, he was successful. “I’ve learned a lot from watching and hitting with the best players in the draw,” Broom stated. “Those guys are ranked about 200 or 300 in the world, so when I got the opportunity to hit with them, I tried to learn as much as I could. I looked at what they do technically, tactically, and how they prepare for their matches. It’s all about learning from the best and then applying it to your game to help you improve.”
Broom is coming off an extremely successful rookie campaign with the Big Green. After posting a record of 23-6 during the year, he was named to the First Team All-Ivy for singles.
“We make it a point to stress to our players how important it is for them to make strides during the breaks each year,” said head coach Chris Drake. “As competitive as the Ivy League and college tennis in general has become in recent years, it is imperative that our individual team members take it upon themselves to make improvements in their games during these breaks if we want to accomplish the things that we are setting out to accomplish in our program. Nobody has embraced this attitude more than Charlie, and I am proud of not only his significant achievements this summer, but also the example he has set for the team.”
Broom will spend the next few weeks training at his home in Hertfordshire, England, before returning to campus for his sophomore year. “I set a goal for myself to get my first ATP point, which I managed to do in Rochester, New York,” he said. “I trained with incoming freshman John Speicher for a few days before the tournament and we played doubles together and won our first-round match, so it was a great tournament. In my last tournament, I teamed with recent Cornell graduate Colin Sinclair. We both played really well and won the doubles event, which was my first professional title.
“I’m very pleased with my achievements this summer,” Broom continued, “but I’m looking forward to training hard and competing for Dartmouth this season.”