University of Iowa Athletics

Kareem Allaf

Height 5-11
Class RS So.
Hometown Dubai, UAE
High School K12 International Academy
Kareem Allaf - Men's Tennis - University of Iowa Athletics

Hawk Items — Iowa’s all-time wins leader in singles and doubles, winning 164 matches… his 95 career singles wins and 69 career doubles wins rank second and third, respectively, in school history… 12 career singles victories over ranked opponents… earned 38 points on the ITF World Tennis Tour during the Summer of 2019… doubles champion at the ITF World Tennis Tour 15k event… played No. 1 in singles for Syria in the 2019 Davis Cup and was promoted to Group 2 in July…won 22 doubles matches as a sophomore, which ties for fourth in Iowa single-season history… his 23 singles victories as a freshman and junior tie for 11th-most in a single-season in program history.

Spring 2021 — First-Team All-Big Ten honoree… won a team-best 10 singles matches, playing all of his matches at No. 1… three victories over ranked opponents, recording wins over No. 43 Illinois, No. 48 Indiana, and No. 58 Northwestern… collected eight doubles victories, playing a bulk of his matches at No. 2 with Nikita Snezhko… letterwinner.

Spring 2020 — First-Team All-Big Ten selection… ranked as high as No. 51 nationally, a personal best… was 10-2 at No. 1 and 1-0 at No. 2 in singles… posted a record of 7-1 at No. 2 doubles and 2-3 at No. 3 doubles… went undefeated against ranked opponents in duals (2-0)… nine-match unbeaten streak (Jan. 25 – March 6), tying a career long streak… registered an 11-2 singles record before the season was canceled by Big Ten Conference and NCAA on March 12, due to concerns of coronavirus (COVID-19)… letterwinner.

Fall 2019 — Made second straight appearance at ITA Fall National Championships in the singles bracket… won four straight matches at ITA Central Regionals to qualify for the national event… recorded two wins over national-ranked opponents… won three straight matches to qualify for the ITA Main Draw, becoming only the second Hawkeye to accomplish the feat… posted a 7-3 record during the month of October.

Spring 2019 – Second-team All-Big Ten honoree, becoming the third Hawkeye in five years to earn all-conference recognition… ranked as high as No. 112 nationally in singles and finished the season ranked No. 119… won 12 singles matches, 11 at No. 1… recorded a three-set win over No. 31 Constant De La Basse of Penn State and a straight sets victory over No. 123 Sergi Fontcuberta of East Tennessee State… won four of his last six singles matches… won a combined 16 doubles matches with partner Jonas Larsen, eight on court one and eight at No. 2, which ties for sixth best during the spring season in program history… posted a 5-2 Big Ten record in doubles, including wins over No. 52 and No. 53 ranked opponents… letterwinner.

Fall 2018 – Won six straight singles matches, including victories over No. 39 and No. 45 ranked opponents, to claim the ITA Central Regional Singles Championship… became the third Hawkeye to win ITA Regionals, joining Bryan Crowley (1994) and Tyler Cleveland (1999)… ranked as high as No. 35 in the country with doubles partner Jonas Larsen.

Spring 2018 — Won 19 singles matches, including finishing the season on a career-best nine-match win streak… seven of the nine straight wins came over Big Ten opponents… posted an 11-2 record on court four, which includes a perfect 7-0 record over Big Ten opponents…notched two wins over nationally-ranked opponents: No. 75 Stefan Milicevic (Minnesota) and No. 115 Antonioni Fasano (Northwestern)… ranked as high as No. 54 in the country in doubles with partner Jonas Larsen at No. 1… won four matches over nationally-ranked opponents: No. 17 Broom/Horneffer (Dartmouth), No. 79 Curry/Mylnikov (Texas Tech), No. 47 Vukic/Hiltzik (Illinois), and No. 56 Stary/Vandixhorn (Northwestern)… won a career-best five straight doubles matches between April 8-26… letterwinner.

Fall 2017 — Won three singles matches… won four doubles matches (two with Josh Silverstein; two with Joe Tyler).

Spring 2017 — Posted 14 singles wins playing primarily at the one, two, and three positions… registered eight singles wins at No. 3… won a season-best five consecutive singles matches between Feb. 14-March 5… bounced No. 104 ranked Connor Curry of Texas Tech in helping Iowa post a 4-3 win over the Red Raiders… played last nine doubles matches with partner Josh Silverstein… recorded a 7-5 win over 42nd-ranked doubles team from 21st-ranked Northwestern… collected seven of his eight wins at No. 2 doubles… letterwinner.

Fall 2016 — Led the team with nine singles victories and five wins in doubles competition… won the consolation singles bracket at the ITA Regional Championships… won six straight singles matches between Oct. 21-Nov. 4… reached the doubles semifinals of the Big Ten Indoor Championships with partner Jonas Larsen.

Summer 2016 — Competed for Syria in the Davis Cup where he won four singles matches and one doubles match… finished in the semifinals round of singles play at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Summer Championships… reached quarterfinals of ITA National Summer Championships doubles with partner Jake Jacoby… reached the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament in an ITF futures event in Tunisia… reached the round of 16 in singles play of an ITF futures event in Maputo, Mozambique… reached the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament in an ITF futures event in Zimbabwe… current ATP score in singles 1924 and in doubles 1392.

Spring 2016 — Redshirted… did not compete.

Fall 2015 — Did not compete.

Junior Career — Achieved International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior ranking of 182 and ATP Pro ranking of 1,404… beat five top-100 players in ITF junior singles career… collected eight ITF Junior runners-up finishes and one ITF Junior title in singles competition… registered seven ITF Junior runners-up in doubles competition… played in four ATP pro tournaments… advanced to the quarterfinals in singles and semifinals in doubles in first ever Futures Pro Tournament… beat top-500 player in the world (singles)… represented Syria in the 2015 Davis Cup and 2013 Asian Youth Games.

Personal — Born on March 22, 1997 in United States… pre-business major… son of Ammar Allaf and Racha Barazanji.

Season (Doubles) #1 #2 #3 Big Ten Dual Tourn. Overall Pct.
2016-17 1-4 7-9 2-7 8-13 5-3 13-16 .448
2017-18 17-8 1-0 6-3 18-8 4-3 22-11 .667
2018-19 8-5 8-3 5-2 16-8 1-3 17-11 .607
2019-20 7-1 2-3 1-0 9-4 0-1 9-5 .643
2020-21 2-2 5-9 7-8 7-11 1-2 8-13 .381
Career 28-19 28-22 2-3 21-20 58-44 11-12 69-56 .552
Season (Singles) #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Big Ten Dual Tourn. Overall Pct.
2016-17 1-6 3-2 8-3 1-1 4-7 14-12 9-5 23-17 .575
2017-18 1-0 1-1 3-6 11-2 7-3 16-9 3-4 19-13 .594
2018-19 11-14 1-0 2-7 12-14 11-4 23-18 .561
2019-20 10-2 1-0 1-0 11-2 9-5 20-7 .741
2020-21 7-8 7-7 7-8 3-0 10-8 .556
Career 30-30 6-3 11-9 12-3 21-24 60-45 35-18 95-63 .601