Men’s Tennis Opens Season in Fresno

Senior Bernardo Oliveira
Senior Bernardo Oliveira

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific men's tennis team starts their season off traveling to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday. The duel with Fresno State begins at 10 a.m. followed by the battle with the Aggies at 2 p.m.

What To Know

  • The Tigers and Bulldogs split last season after Fresno State took the match on the Tigers home court, but Pacific answered later in the season with a win in Fresno.
  • Last season the Tigers beat up on the Aggies beating them in both matchups, 4-3, for their first two wins of the season. Tadiwa Chinamo and Ross Watson each picked up two singles wins for Pacific along with Akram El Sallaly snagging a victory.
  • The 34th ranked El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira will get their first outing together in the doubles matches since the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.
  • There are two new spring additions for Pacific in Mikayel Khachatryan and John (Zeki) Horoz Garner, both of who are available for the 2018 season.
  • Khachatryan trained at the Bruguera Tennis Academy in Spain and was coached by Fernando Luna and Sergi Bruguera, who is a former French Open Champion. He is a two-time Armenian Cup and Pan Armenian Games champion, and holds a professional ATP ranking in doubles. The #1-ranked Davis Cup player for Armenia in juniors and seniors took first place in this year's Davis Cup competition.
  • Horoz Garner, a transfer from Stetson, achieved his highest ITF singles ranking in the spring of 2016, checking in at 612 internationally and was also an accomplished doubles player with 18 career ITF doubles victories. He has seven career singles victories include wins against players ranked 341, 444 and 809. He has also advanced to the semifinals and finals a combined five different times as a doubles competitor.

Head Coach Ryan Redondo's Vision
We've had a good week of practice this week in preparation for our first matches this Saturday. I expect these matches to be physically and mentally challenging, just the way we like it and just the way we want to get the season started. Fresno State and UC Davis are always wonderful competitors and I expect nothing less than a good fight from both teams.

I am looking for the guys to show purpose and discipline on Saturday. We've prepared all aspects of the game so there shouldn't be any surprises. The ball is in our court and it's go time.

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