El Sallaly and Oliveira Prepare For Championships

Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira
Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira

STOCKTON, Calif. - Bernardo Oliveira and Akram El Sallaly head to the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships on Wednesday as they were selected at-large for their impressive doubles play this fall. The Fall Championships serves as the concluding event to the fall portion of the college tennis schedule and is the only intercollegiate event to feature the competitors from all five divisions competing for a national championship. 

"The opportunity ahead for Akram and Bernardo to take their development to another level physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually this week is exciting and I can't wait for them to compete," said head coach Ryan Redondo. "They are in a great place and it's time to represent for Pacific and let it rip.  Go Tigers!"

Throughout their fall tournaments, El Sallaly and Oliveira are 11-3 when paired up together, which also includes their doubles win at the Battle of the Bay Classic when they won four-straight matches to claim the title.

During the ITA Northwest Regional tournament, the duo dominated the doubles game on their home court when they earned the No. 2 seed and getting a first round bye. In the round of 32, the Tiger combo rolled over Alexis Alvarez and Sebastian Hawken from Washington, 8-2 to head to the round of 16 where they edged San Francisco's Lucas Marinelli and Oliver Poysti, 8-6. During the quarterfinal matchup, the pair were nipped after a competitive match to No. 5 seeded Mikus Losbergs and Kasparas Zemaitelis of Sacramento State, 8-5.

Prior to the ITA Northwest Regional, El Sallaly and Oliveira went to the doubles finals of the $100,000 Fairfield ATP Challenger, a USTA pro-circuit event. The two were given a wildcard into the tournament and faced high-caliber professional teams for a chance to earn ATP points. The team beat well-known pairs such as Liam Broady and Jay Clarke in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 to advance themselves to the semifinals, where they faced Mikelis Libieits and eventual singles champion, Mackenzie McDonald. El Sallaly and Oliveira went three-sets in the semis and punched their ticket to the finals with a score of 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-8. The Pacific pair eventually fell in the finals to Luke Bambridge and David O'Hare, 6-4, 6-2, but earned numerous ATP points.

The Championships begin Wednesday, November 1 through Sunday, November 5 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif and the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, Calif.  Selective matches will be streamed live via itatennis.com.

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