Riedi Relishes Maiden Challenger Name; Shelton Continues Surge


Two #NextGenATP kids, Leandro Riedi and Ben Shelton, shined at indoor arduous court docket occasions at the ATP Challenger Excursion this week.

Switzerland’s Riedi complex thru qualifying en path to claiming his maiden identify on the Helsinki Challenger whilst Shelton endured his ancient Challenger Excursion run on the Champaign (Illinois) Challenger, the place he gathered his 3rd immediately Challenger identify and prolonged his match-winning streak to fifteen.

Riedi defeated Czech Tomas Machac 6-3, 6-1 within the last on the HPP Open in Finland. The 20-year-old gained seven suits in 8 days to win the Challenger 90 tournament.

“It’s the most productive feeling on this planet,” Riedi mentioned following the identify. “My objective all week was once to, it doesn’t matter what, keep certain and I feel that’s what were given me right here.”

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Riedi has made a surprising affect at the Challenger circuit since transitioning from juniors. The Swiss captured the 2020 Australian Open boys’ doubles identify (w/ Nicholas David Ionel) and fell quick to countryman Dominic Stricker within the 2020 Roland Garros boys’ singles last to complete a standout junior profession. Previous this season, Riedi disenchanted top-seeded Maxime Cressy on the Lugano Challenger earlier than advancing to his first Challenger last (l. Nardi).

The Helsinki crown lifts Riedi to a career-high 197 within the Pepperstone ATP Ratings.

Shelton, 20, battled a gradual get started in Sunday’s last to take down Australian Aleksandar Vukic 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 and triumph on the Paine Schwartz Companions Challenger.

The 2022 NCAA singles champion is the youngest participant in Challenger historical past to win 3 titles in as many weeks and the second one American to take action (Sam Querrey ‘14 Napa, Sacramento, Tiburon). The previous College of Florida famous person is considered one of 12 gamers who has mastered the feat, together with Benjamin Bonzi, who achieved it final yr (St. Tropez, Cassis, Rennes).

“I believe lovely fortunate, I didn’t be expecting to play 15 suits in 3 weeks and my frame held up,” Shelton mentioned. “It’s encouraging to me that I will play this many suits and be alright.”

Challenger Win Share Leaders (2022)

Participant W-L Pct.
Jack Draper (GBR) 24-4 85.7
Wu Yibing (CHN) 23-4 85.2
Ben Shelton (USA) 35-8 81.4
Quentin Halys (FRA) 43-10 81.1
Ugo Humbert (FRA) 19-5 79.2

After beginning the yr at No. 573, Shelton has gathered a 35-8 Challenger-match checklist, which has helped him climb to a career-high 97.

“It’s unquestionably long past fast,” Shelton mentioned referring to his Most sensible 100 debut. “I’m going to take this offseason and decelerate somewhat, revel in myself, and in addition center of attention on some issues I will beef up.”

In Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, Juan Pablo Varillas escaped a 3 hour, 12 minute marathon last, the place he fought from 1/5 down within the opening set tie-break earlier than profitable six immediately issues to scouse borrow the outlet set and ultimately defeated Argentine Facundo Bagnis, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4.

The Peruvian, who’s a three-time Challenger finalist this season, has made no less than the semi-finals in 3 of his previous 4 Challenger tournaments (Ambato, Guayaquil). Following the identify on the Challenger Dove Males+Care Sao Leo Open de Tenis, Varillas is ten spots shy of tying his profession excessive mark 97, which he reached in August 2022.

Juan Pablo Varillas celebrates winning the 2022 Sao Leopoldo Challenger.
Juan Pablo Varillas celebrates profitable the 2022 Sao Leopoldo Challenger. Credit score: Giovani Paim/Urge Criativa

“I’m more than pleased to win any other Challenger identify,” Varillas mentioned. “I consider I had an improbable and certain week in each means. I feel I achieved what I used to be searching for this week. It was once a really perfect last, an excessively tricky event that was once made up our minds in the main points.”

In Would possibly, Varillas made his Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros, the place he held a two units to like lead on then-International No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime, who ultimately recovered to win in 5 units.

Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki rallied from a suite right down to win his 2nd Challenger identify, each on house soil on the Kobe Challenger. The 24-year-old defeated Frederico Ferreira Silva 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-4 within the last to say the Hyogo Noah Challenger.

“I simply fought and fought, I’m so glad to win,” Watanuki mentioned. “I used to be a little bit tight, Fredrico performed neatly, however I used to be so glad to get the overall level.”

Bourbon Beans Dome, home of the Kobe Challenger.
Bourbon Beans Dome, house of the Kobe Challenger. Credit score: Kathryn Riley

Watanuki, who’s coached by way of his brother Yusuke, is simply two spots shy of tying his career-high 171, which he reached in March 2019. Previous this season, the Saitama local reached his first Excursion-level quarter-final on the ATP 250 tournament in Lyon (l. de Minaur).

Vasek Pospisil is within the Most sensible 100 for the primary time since October 2021 following his identify on the Challenger Banque Nationale de Drummondville in Canada, the place he defeated American Michael Mmoh 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4.

Pospisil is a four-time Challenger finalist this season, together with on the Quimper Challenger, the place he was once topped champion (d. Barrere).

Vasek Pospisil triumphs on home soil at the 2022 Drummondville Challenger.
Vasek Pospisil triumphs on house soil on the 2022 Drummondville Challenger. Credit score: Sarah-Jäde Champagne/Agence KICK Inc.

The previous International No. 25 gained the 2014 Wimbledon doubles identify (w/ Jack Sock) and the next yr the Canadian reached the singles quarter-final on the All England Membership (l. Murray).

Pospisil, who was once seeded 3rd on the Drummondville Challenger, will subsequent constitute Canada of their quarter-final Davis Cup tie in opposition to Germany.

In Drummondville doubles motion, the British duo Julian Money and Henry Patten dropped only one set all week en path to taking pictures a record-tying 8th Challenger doubles identify.



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