Having both parents very involved in tennis (his father was national Davis cup team coach for 10 years), Salim started playing as soon as he could stand up and hold a racquet. By the age of 6, he started to compete in local city tournaments, and, by 12, he made in on the top regional and national top teams. Traveling all over Morocco and southern Europe to compete, Salim was able to reach a ranking of 8th in Morocco by the time he graduated from high school.
Salim attended Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and ranked 5th nationally in Division II tennis. He helped his team win their conference and reach Nationals three years in a row. After transferring to Washington College, a small liberal arts school in Maryland, Salim served as an assistant coach, helping the men’s team reach the national