Bellucci Turns into 7th #NextGenATP Italian Challenger Champion Of 2022


Italian Mattia Bellucci and Australian Li Tu won’t ever overlook this week at the ATP Challenger Excursion.

Bellucci, 21, complex via qualifying and dropped only one set en path to claiming the Saint-Tropez Challenger whilst Tu triumphed on the Seoul Challenger and devoted the victory to his mom, who lately gave up the ghost. Bellucci and Tu had been amongst 5 champions at the Challenger Excursion this week.

At the onerous courts nestled in southern France, #NextGenATP celebrity Bellucci defeated countryman Matteo Arnaldi 6-3, 6-3 to seize the Saint-Tropez Open.

“It was once an ideal week,” Bellucci mentioned. “I began on Monday, I performed each day, seven days, seven fits and with each and every fit, I felt higher and higher.

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“Lately, I stayed focussed up to imaginable on each and every level, on each and every ball. I am tremendous glad as a result of I received my first Challenger and the primary time is all the time particular. Once I arrived right here, I couldn’t have imagined that I might win the match.”

Bellucci is the 7th #NextGenATP Italian champion this season. The lefty joins Arnaldi, Flavio Cobolli, Francesco Maestrelli, Lorenzo Musetti, Luca Nardi, and Francesco Passaro. The identify on the Challenger 100 tournament lifts Bellucci to a career-high 186 within the Pepperstone ATP Scores.

Arnaldi, 21, strengthens his hopes of qualifying for the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals following his runner-up end in France. The Sanremo local climbs to eleventh within the Pepperstone ATP Reside Race To Milan.

On the FILA Seoul Open Challenger, Aussie qualifier Tu capped off an emotional week by way of defeating Wu Yibing 7-6(5), 6-4 to earn his first Challenger identify.

Tu, 26, returned to skilled tennis in February 2021 after a six-year hiatus. All through his time clear of professional tennis, he earned his faculty stage and coached junior avid gamers. Now creating a unexpected affect at the Challenger Excursion, the Adelaide local rises to a career-high 190 following the identify in Seoul, which he devoted to his mom.

“My mother gave up the ghost 3 weeks in the past and the next day to come is her birthday,” Tu mentioned throughout the trophy presentation. “So that is for her.”

Wu, who boasts a 23-4 fit file on the Challenger degree this season, climbs to a career-high No. 115. The 23-year-old has received 3 Challenger titles this yr and now appears to turn into the primary Chinese language guy to damage in the course of the Best 100. His countryman, Zhang Zhizhen, who’s a four-time Challenger finalist this season, is the highest-ranked Chinese language participant (No. 109).

In Ismaning, Germany, most sensible seed Quentin Halys ended house favorite Max Hans Rehberg’s dream week within the ultimate. Halys fired 24 aces within the championship fit, claiming a 7-6(6), 6-3 victory to win the Wolffkran Open by way of Tannenhof.

“I used to be enjoying actually nice throughout the entire week,” Halys mentioned. “I used to be serving wonderful, I’m tremendous glad about my efficiency. Within the ultimate, we had probabilities to damage each and every different, I used to be fortunate to get a damage in the second one. It was once very tricky.”

Frenchman Quentin Halys lifts the trophy at the Ismaning Challenger.
Frenchman Quentin Halys lifts the trophy on the Ismaning Challenger. Credit score: Juergen Hasenkopf

The Frenchman boasts a Challenger season-leading 43 fit wins. Halys joins Consistent Lestienne, Nardi, and Wu as three-time Challenger champions this yr. Most effective Pedro Cachin and Jack Draper have captured 4 Challenger titles this season.

Avid gamers from France have blended for a season-leading (tied w/ Argentina) 19 Challenger titles. Each international locations are one identify shy of tying the Challenger Excursion file for many titles received by way of a unmarried nation (20), which Argentina has gathered thrice (2021, 2016, 2007) and France has claimed as soon as (2005).

Rehberg, 18, was once given a wild card and disappointed 2d seed Tomas Machac and 3rd seed Vasek Pospisil en path to his first Challenger ultimate.

American Michael Mmoh, who didn’t drop a suite all week, took down faculty standout Gabriel Diallo 6-3, 6-2 within the ultimate on the Taube-Haase Professional Tennis Championship in Fairfield, California.

Mmoh has received 12 of his previous 13 fits, together with claiming the identify this previous month on the Cary Challenger. The American believes his good fortune has come after a newfound mindset.


“The hardest loss for me this yr was once at the United States Open [qualifying],” Mmoh mentioned. “I used to be up 6-2, 5-2 towards Gilles Simon and ended up shedding that. That was once a heartbreaker, it actually beaten me. I actually took time to mention, ‘What can I do outdoor of tennis?’ I attempted to problem myself after that horrific loss.

“I began studying books, began speaking to psychologists, broadening my horizons. I used to be difficult myself to recuperate. On every occasion you will have a few of the ones losses, you take a look at your self within the replicate and say, ‘There’s a explanation why that took place, how can I repair it?’”

The 24-year-old, who boasts seven Challenger titles (all on house soil), rises to No. 110 within the Pepperstone ATP Scores and units his attractions on surpassing his career-high mark 96, which he reached in October 2018.

Diallo, who’s a senior on the College of Kentucky, climbs to a career-high 250 following his runner-up end in California. The 21-year-old claimed his first Challenger identify on the Granby Challenger in August.

Italian Marco Cecchinato, seeded 3rd, was once topped champion on the Challenger Dove Males+Care Rio de Janeiro after he rallied from a suite right down to defeat German Yannick Hanfmann 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 within the ultimate.

Italian Marco Cecchinato celebrates his second Challenger title this season.
Italian Marco Cecchinato celebrates his 2d Challenger identify this season. Credit score: Luiz Candido

Cecchinato has received 10 of his previous 11 fits, together with triumphing on the Lisbon Challenger this previous month. The 30-year-old is a three-time Excursion titlist (Budapest, Umag, Buenos Aires). Following the identify at the Brazilian clay, Cecchinato launches again into the Best 100.

In 2019, the Italian reached a career-high 16 in a while after profitable the ATP 250 tournament in Buenos Aires. Cecchinato reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2018, when he defeated Novak Djokovic within the quarter-finals prior to falling to Dominic Thiem. Because the-then Global No. 72, Cecchinato was the lowest-ranked Roland Garros semi-finalist since Andrei Medvedev (No. 100) in 1999.



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