Spectacular, son of an expert participant… Who’s Ben Shelton, a Melbourne revelation?

To seek out traces of an American Grand Slam winner, one at all times has to return to 2003, when Andy Roddick gained the US Open, a number of months after André Agassi’s success in Australia. It is exhausting to say that the famine will finish quickly for this late Twentieth-century nation tennis king whose standard-bearers embrace Pete Sampras and Jim Courier, along with her husband Steffi Graf. However Crew US is presently shining in Melbourne, inserting 4 representatives within the spherical of 16 and three within the quarter-finals: Sebastian Korda and Tommy Paul and Ben Shelton who will meet.

The least identified is the latter, a strong left-hander who fell in love together with his mustachioed compatriot Jeffrey John Wolf within the eighth spherical. Fairly logical, contemplating that earlier than the invention of the southern lands, the younger 20-year-old colossus (1.93 m, 88 kg) by no means left his homeland. Not even for a vacation, as he tweeted on December 29, responding to a tweet by a Portuguese journalist. “I used my passport for the primary time two days in the past,” stated the present world No. 89 (who shall be 43 subsequent Monday at worst), who was crusing outdoors the highest 500 till Could final 12 months.

The 2022 American tennis college champion, who envisioned a future in American soccer till he was 12, has up to now been content material to shine at dwelling finding out finance, which nonetheless leaves extra alternative than in Andorra and even France. He scoured the nation’s courts together with his Florida Gators staff, beneath the steerage of his father Bryan Shelton, ATP fifty fifth in 1992 and Wimbledon eighth finalist two years later after defeating the spectacular German Michael Stich, then world quantity two. . His mom Lisa additionally shone within the juniors, and the latter’s brother Todd Witsken was world No. 43 in singles and No. 4 in doubles earlier than he died on the age of 34 in 1998, 4 years earlier than the beginning of Ben, a worthy baby (small) promenade.

Good job dad

The daddy was initially on the aspect of his son, who as a youngster requested him to rub shoulders with overseas competitors: “He replied, ‘Why would we go and play out of the country when you do not even have the most effective right here?’ “, entrusted Shelton Jr. to the ATP aspect.

Up till these two weeks in Melbourne, his son’s primary coup was a hit over Dane Casper Ruud (fifth new “wild card” on the US Open, proper after going to the professionals (1st spherical loss to Portuguese Nuno Borges).

Winner of three consecutive Challengers (Third tier) in November, the younger American admitted he suffered from jet lag in Adelaide (defeat in 1st) earlier than setting course in Melbourne. Admittedly, his desk was not the fiercest: Chinese language Zhang Zhizen began (defeated solely within the tremendous tie-break of the fifth set), then Chilean Nicolas Jarry, Australian Alexei Popyrin (each despatched in three rounds), Wolf, defeated after 5 units and 3h51 video games.

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Nevertheless, this large server impressed with its highly effective recreation, not fairly corresponding to that of its idol Roger Federer. Even when he’s succesful of some fantasies between two concrete blocks, for instance that tweening lob who discovered success on social networks, throughout his win over Ruud in Cincinnati…

In Australia, Shelton additionally manages to wow audiences, American-style, with loads of demonstrative conduct that does not fairly follow the monetary advisor job he was destined to have had he not damaged into the game. The younger participant additionally continues to review remotely within the evenings, as he confided to ATP earlier than the beginning of the event, between two digressions about eager to see koalas and kangaroos: “It is very nice to have one thing apart from tennis that I can delve into or spend time doing, so I do not I solely concentrate on one factor. »

Glorious server

Night classes will rapidly fade into the background if Popyrin’s prophecy comes true: “If he continues to play like this, the man is within the prime 10 in six months, dropped out of Australia after shedding to the present quarterback. finalist in Melbourne. He hits traces, he has a median second serve at 120mph, there’s not a lot you are able to do to assault that second serve, and it is even more durable as a result of he is left-handed. »

Two weeks’ shock was extra wise on Eurosport: “My objectives? Prime 30 by the top of the 12 months, and subsequent 12 months participation within the Olympics. “By the point he met in Paris, Ben Shelton had little question found Europe and the capital of France this spring at Roland-Garros.

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