RENO, NV – University of Nevada head men’s tennis coach Sylvain Malroux has announced the hiring of Abid Akbar as the Wolf Pack’s new graduate assistant. Akbar joins the Pack after three years as the head men’s tennis coach from 2015-18 at the University of Idaho.
Akbar played four seasons at Idaho and then played professionally on the ITF pro tour. In his first season at Idaho he led the team to a second place finish at the Big Sky Conference championship as the Vandals fell 4-3 after dropping the deciding match. The team placed second during the regular season in year one.
Year two was even more successful as the Vandals captured the Big Sky championship in Phoenix and advanced to face Stanford in the NCAA regional.
His third year was the most successful in school history as Idaho captured the Big Sky regular season and tournament titles. The Vandals doubles team of Mark Kovacs and Carolos Longhi Neto reached No. 23 in the national rankings.
In his final two seasons playing at Idaho, Akbar was the No. 1 singles player and on the No. 1 doubles team. He recorded a number of wins against nationally ranked opponents.
Along with his doubles partner he captured the Mountain Region title and won the back draw at the NCAA indoors at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The duo defeated teams from Southern California and Columbia along the way. The doubles team was ranked as high as No. 40 nationally during the season.
Following college he played on the pro tour collecting a total of six ATP points over a few years. He was ranked 1,350 in singles and 1,100 in doubles.
For four years Akbar played Davis Cup for his home country of Pakistan and won matches in group II and I of the Asia Oceania zone. In 2018 he reached the round of 32 in singles in the Asian Games competing for Pakistan.
In the last decade he has been one of the top tennis players in Pakistan winning several national titles in singles and doubles. He is the youngest of three brothers who all played tennis. His oldest brother Babar is the head women’s tennis coach at Idaho and his brother Ahmed is a TV and movie actor in Pakistan. His father Mohammad Ali Akbar was a standout tennis player at Clemson in the 1970’s.