Pacific Prepares for Battle in the Bay Classic

Pacific Prepares for Battle in the Bay Classic

STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific men's tennis team heads to the Battle in the Bay Classic Friday at the California Tennis Club in San Francisco.

The Battle in the Bay Classic is scheduled for September 21-23. The Tigers will be represented by four student-athletes in junior Akram El Sallaly, junior Ross Watson, junior Tadiwa Chinamo, and freshman Philip Hjorth.

Pacific will be joined by players from the University of Southern California (USC), Georgia, Texas Christian University (TCU), California (Cal), Michigan, Texas Tech, Stanford, Texas, Wake Forest, fellow West Coast Conference Opponents University of San Francisco and University of San Diego, San Diego State University, University of California-Santa Barbara, Fresno State, Cal Poly, and Hawaii.

The main draw for men's singles will start on Friday, September 21 and will be made up of 48 players, while doubles will be a draw of 24 teams.

El Sallaly enters the tournament as the reigning doubles' champion. He teamed up with former Tiger, Bernardo Oliveira, to compete unattached and in the men's open doubles. El Sallaly and Oliveira won the doubles title in a tiebreak, 8-7(6), defeating Anders Holm and Nicolas Moreno de Alboran from Santa Barbara. This year, El Sallaly will team up with freshman Philip Hjorth and only compete in doubles for the Tigers.

Hjorth makes his first appearance at the Classic and will compete in singles action as well as doubles. Hjorth enters the weekend, 1-1, after competing at the ITF Futures.

Tadiwa Chinamo makes his second appearance at the Battle in the Bay Classic and looks to improve upon last year. Chinamo fell in the opening round to top-seeded opponent Alexander Rybakov of TCU 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Watson enters the tournament for the first time and will team up with Chinamo in doubles action. Watson and Chinamo went 3-3 as a doubles team in the spring and competed best at No. 3 doubles going 2-1.

Following the Battle in the Bay Classic, the Tigers will head to the University of California Davis Invite or the ITA Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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