Duke Men's Tennis BIO
Tahir Career Statistics
ITA Carolina Region Most Improved Senior (2015)
Career: Finished career ranked within the top 10 in the Duke record books in ACC singles wins (T-3rd/32), ACC doubles wins (T-10th/24) and overall singles wins (10th/105) … Joined the Duke 100-win club in the spring of 2015 … Became just the fourth Blue Devil since 2003 to reach the Round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Indoor National Championship after earning a wild card entry to the event in 2014 … Received at-large bids to the NCAA Singles Championship as a junior and senior, reaching the second round as a junior in 2014 ... Earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Individual Doubles Championship with Michael Redlicki in 2013 … Captured two doubles titles in his career (Duke Fab Four Invite - 2012; USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney - 2012) ... Reached career-high rankings of No. 30 in singles and No. 33 in doubles.
2014-15: Earned All-ACC second team honors and was named the ITA Carolina Region Most Improved Senior, presented annually to the player who has shown the most development during the course of his career … Became the 15th member of Duke’s 100-win club in April … One of three Blue Devils to reach the 100-career victory mark during the 2015 season, tied for the most in a year in program history … Ended the year ranked No. 45 by the ITA and stood No. 6 within the Carolina Region ... Spent the majority of the spring in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions, finishing the entire campaign with a 25-19 mark, a 13-13 record in dual matches and a 7-5 ledger in ACC matches … Tied for second on the team with seven victories against ranked opponents and played a team second-most 22 matches against ranked foes … Reached as high as No. 32 in the ITA singles rankings and remained within the top 41 for the majority of the spring … A standout in doubles with junior Josh Levine, going 26-11 overall, 19-7 with Levine and 7-2 in ACC matches … The 26 doubles wins were the second most on the team … In singles, played to a 6-6 record in the No. 1 slot and 7-7 at No. 2 … Posted a 6-2 mark in doubles at No. 1 and went 11-6 in the No. 2 slot in doubles … Started the spring with a bang, topping No. 1 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer of Louisville, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, at the Rainbow Warrior Classic in Honolulu … Blanked South Carolina State’s Rodney Carey 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the NCAA Team Championship, helping Duke to a 5-0 victory … In doubles, pieced together an eight-match winning streak with Levine, lasting from Feb. 28 through April 17 … Also had a stretch winning seven of eight matches with Levine from Jan. 8 through Feb. 8 … Became just the fourth Blue Devil since 2003 to reach the Round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Indoor National Championship after earning a wild card entry to the event ... Finished the fall with 10-5 mark in singles and 5-3 record in doubles ... Bounced back from an 0-2 start to the fall to go 10-3 the rest of the way ... Faced a team-high seven nationally ranked opponents during the fall campaign ... Began the fall ranked No. 27 in the preseason ITA ledger ... At the Indoor Championship, defeated No. 61 Henry Craig of Denver 6-2, 6-2 to move to the Round of 16 ... Fell to Oklahoma’s Axel Alverez Llamas, ranked No. 3 in the preseason, 6-2, 7-6 (1) in the Round of 16 of the indoor event ... Went on a tear at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional, a stretch that played a key part in his wild card bid to the national championship, going 6-1 and reaching the championship match ... Faced No. 7 Brayden Schnur of North Carolina in the title contest and fell 6-3, 6-2 ... Came back from a first-set loss to North Carolina’s Jack Murray in the regional’s Round of 16 to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 ... Dropped the second set to No. 30 Hunter Harrington of Clemson in the quarterfinals, but won the decisive third set 7-5 ... Prior to the regional, took second in his draw at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational, falling to No. 24 Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee 7-6 (4), 6-3 ... Earned a place in the title match with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Wake Forest’s Sam Bloom in the semifinals ... Opened the fall at the ITA All-American and suffered a pair of setbacks to nationally ranked foes ... Ended strong in doubles, teaming with Cale Hammond to win three matches and reach the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional ... Did not drop more than three games in a match during the trio of victories before falling 8-7 (4) to Schnur and Brett Clark of North Carolina, who were ranked No. 8 in the preseason ... Went 2-2 in other four fall matches, going 1-0 with Levine and 1-2 with Chris Mengel.
2013-14: Appeared in the NCAA Singles Championship for the first time in his career, reaching the second round after receiving an at-large bid ... Concluded junior campaign ranked 41st in the ITA Division I singles poll and sixth in the Carolina Region singles poll ... Also rounded out the year as the No. 47 doubles tandem in the nation with Michael Redlicki ... Selected to the All-ACC first team ... Posted a 24-10 record on the year in singles with an 8-5 mark at the top spot in the lineup and a 5-2 ledger at the No. 2 position ... Went 8-3 in ACC contests and 9-8 against ranked opponents ... Defeated back-to-back ranked opponents in No. 36 Brett Clark of North Carolina (6-3, 6-2) and No. 46 Tim Kopinski of Illinois (2-6, 6-2, 6-2) ... Won eight consecutive matches between Jan. 19 and March 13 ... Named the ACC Player of the Week March 11 after guiding the Blue Devils to a 7-0 sweep of No. 19 NC State in the conference opener ... Posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 91 Robbie Mudge of the Wolfpack in the No. 2 singles contest ... Also paired with Redlicki for an 8-7 (4) victory over 42nd-ranked Mudge and Ian Dempster at No. 1 doubles ... Moved up to the No. 1 singles position in late March, topping 29th-ranked Greg Andrews of Notre Dame, 6-2, 6-3 ... Clinched a 5-2 decision over No. 8 North Carolina in the regular season finale April 20 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over 10th-ranked Brayden Schnur ... Reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 36 in late April ... Cruised past No. 49 Raleigh Smith of Northwestern, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship before falling to No. 35 Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA, 6-4, 6-3 ... Led the Blue Devils with a 20-8 record in doubles for the season ... Also paced the squad with eight ACC doubles victories ... Paired with Redlicki for an 8-3 ledger while going 8-3 in the spring with Levine ... With Redlicki, entered the national doubles rankings at No. 33 in late February ... He and Levine secured the doubles point for Duke in back-to-back victories over No. 47 Miami and No. 30 Florida State ... With Levine, knocked off Georgia Tech’s 79th-ranked duo of Nathan Rakitt and Cole Fiegel, 8-6, in the No. 2 contest April 13 ... Compiled a 6-2 singles record during the fall to go with a 5-2 mark in doubles ... Ranked No. 111 in the ITA’s preseason singles poll ... Also ranked No. 11 in the ITA preseason doubles poll along with Redlicki ... Advanced to the round of 16 in singles at the ITA Carolina Regional before falling to No. 34 Cameron Silverman of Elon, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 ... With Redlicki, reached the doubles semifinal at the regional tournament ... Played his way into the singles semifinals at the Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic while reaching the semifinals round in doubles with Bruno Semenzato ... Selected team captain ... Garnered All-ACC Academic, ACC Academic Honor Roll and ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete recognition.
2012-13: Played to a 30-5 overall singles record and a 25-10 mark in doubles in his second season at Duke … Earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Individual Doubles Championship with Redlicki before falling to Tennessee’s top-seeded duo of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese in the first round … Tied for a team-high nine singles wins in conference action … Posted a 9-1 singles record in the ACC and was 8-2 in doubles … Played primarily at the No. 6 slot with a 17-2 record, while also going 4-0 at the No. 5 position and 2-0 at No. 4 … Clinched three matches for the Blue Devils, including in the championship match against Northwestern during the ITA Kick-Off weekend from the No. 6 position … Tied for third on Duke’s all-time charts in single-season winning percentage in singles (30-5, .858) … Posted a 1-1 record against ranked opponents, earning a win against Louisville’s No. 70 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer … Ranked No. 123 in the Jan. 3 ITA singles rankings … In doubles played primarily with Redlicki … Along with Redlicki, tied for ninth in most matches played as a tandem … With Redlicki, also ranked tied for ninth in single season victories by a doubles tandem … Tied for third in single season ACC singles victories with nine … tied for 10th in single-season doubles victories with eight … Paired with Redlicki, listed tied for fourth on Duke’s all-time charts in single-season ACC doubles victories by a tandem with eight … With Redlicki, clinched the doubles point for Duke in six matches, including in the team’s first four matches to open the dual season … Along with Redlicki, ranked in all 10 polls of the ITA doubles national rankings, including eight of 10 in the top 25 … Ranked as high as No. 9 in the Feb. 26 and March 12 polls with Redlicki … Posted a 4-5 record in doubles with Redlicki against ranked opponents … With Redlicki, defeated 15th-ranked Justin Shane and Julen Urlguen of Virginia, 8-3, at the ITA National Team Indoors … Posted a 7-3 singles record in the fall and a 9-3 doubles mark … With Redlicki, captured the Gold Draw doubles title at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney by defeating Kentucky’s Tom Jomby and Kai-Wen Lai, 8-6, in the finals … Reached the quarterfinals of the singles Gold Draw at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney before falling to eventual champion Robert Quiroz of Southern Cal … With Redlicki, captured the White Draw doubles title at the Duke Fab Four Invitational with a win over NC State’s Dave Thomson and Sean Weber … Defeated teammate Levine in the semifinals of the Duke Fab Four Invite to reach the Blue Bracket finals.
2011-12: Played to a 26-8 overall singles record and a 7-6 ledger in doubles in first season at Duke ... Went 8-3 in ACC singles action while posting a 2-2 mark in conference doubles matches ... Ranked fourth on Duke’s all-time list for highest singles winning percentage in a career at .765 (26-8) ... Also ranked eighth in highest singles winning percentage among Blue Devil freshmen (.765) ... Tied for third in program history for most ACC singles victories by a freshman with eight ... Played primarily at the No. 6 singles slot during the spring while also seeing time at the No. 5 position ... Won 11 consecutive singles matches at the No. 3, 5 and 6 positions from Feb. 3 to March 23 ... Went unbeaten in ACC and NCAA Championship singles play to close the season on a five match win streak ... Recorded the first dual match singles victory of his career against Farris Gosea of Illinois, 6-4, 6-4, on Feb. 3 ... Clinched Duke’s 4-2 victory over No. 8 UCLA at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the Bruins’ Dennis Mkrtchian in the No. 6 contest ... Went 4-0 in postseason singles play, highlighted by a 7-5, 6-0 win over Baylor’s Julian Bley in the NCAA Championship tournament Round of 16 ... Also topped Virginia’s Julen Uriguen, 6-3, 6-4, in the title match of the ACC Championship ... Teamed with Fred Saba for a 2-2 dual match doubles record as the pair went 0-1 in the No. 2 spot and 2-1 from the No. 3 position ... With Saba, collected the first ACC doubles victory of his career in an 8-6 win over Clemson’s Dominique Maden and Wes Moran ... Paired with Hammond to secure the doubles point for Duke against NC Central ... posted a singles record of 6-4 and a doubles ledger of 4-4 during the fall ... Tallied a 2-1 mark in the fall against ranked singles opponents ... Defeated No. 108 Ricky Doverspike of Alabama, 4-6, 6-1, 10-4, to collect the first victory of his career against a ranked opponent ... Advanced to the semifinals of the qualifying stage in singles at the ITA All-American Championships ... Teamed up with David Holland to reach the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament at the ITA Carolina Regional.
Prior to Duke: Ranked as high as the No. 10 overall prospect by Tennisrecruiting.net ... Named the All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2011 ... Lettered six years under coaches Billy Nealon, Marcus Fugate and John Dolan ... Earned his first ATP point in March 2011 ... Won the N.Y. state doubles title as an 8th grader with partner Ben Guzick, who played at Vassar College in N.Y.