Bakshi Selected for NCAA Individual Championships

Ann Marcelli
By Ann Marcelli
Student Assistant

NORMAN Junior Alex Bakshi of the Oklahoma men's tennis team has earned a bid to the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships as individuals, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Bakshi is an at-large selection for the singles championships, which will take place May 23-28 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C., following the team tournament that runs from May 17-22.

The Tblisi, Georgia, native is 14-2 on the season, playing primarily at the No. 1 spot and was tabbed No. 32 in the latest ITA singles release. Bakshi went 6-2 against ranked opponents this season and closed out 2018 with seven straight singles victories to lead all Big 12 players at the No. 1 position with a 4-0 slate in conference play.

Bakshi was one of just two players in the Big 12 conference to garner multiple Player of the Week honors, winning back-to-back awards. 

Bakshi joined the Sooners as a transfer from Texas A&M, where he won an SEC championship as a sophomore in 2017. The junior wasted no time in establishing himself at OU, winning the Napa Valley Tennis Classic in his first tournament as a Sooner.

Fellow junior Ferran Calvo has been selected as an alternate for the individual championships.

Calvo compiled a 9-5 record on the season on courts one, two, three and four. The junior is ranked No. 60 in the latest ITA release, and ended the season on a four-match winning streak.

Like Bakshi, Calvo joined the roster as a transfer, coming from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. Calvo is no stranger to national championships, as he brought home back-to-back NJCAA singles titles in 2016 and 2017, in addition to the 2017 doubles championship and a runner-up finish at the 2017 NJCAA team championships.

A native of Valencia, Spain, Calvo kicked off his career at OU with a remarkable 17-0 run during tournament play, culminating the fall season with a bid to the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships and a 22-4 record. 

Times and draws for the individual championships will be announced at a later date.

For updates, follow @OU_MTennis on Twitter.

 

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