Abdullah Shelbayh accomplished a historic run Sunday, when he turned the primary participant from Jordan to win an ATP Challenger Tour title.
The 19-year-old triumphed on the LTP Challenger in Charleston, South Carolina, the place he defeated American wild card Oliver Crawford 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3 within the ultimate. Shelbayh, who’s considered one of 4 Challenger champions this week, is the youngest participant from an Arab nation to win a title at that degree.
“It’s one thing particular for me to signify Jordan at such tournaments at a excessive degree. Being in a position to win such an incredible occasion is such an enormous title for me, the most important of my profession thus far,” Shelbayh informed commentator Mike Cation.
Shelbayh made a breakthrough this February when he made the Manama Challenger ultimate earlier than falling to Thanasi Kokkinakis. The following week, the lefty made his ATP Tour debut in Doha. A 2021 graduate of the Rafa Nadal Academy, Shelbayh hopes to construct upon his momentum after capturing his maiden Challenger title.
“I believe the primary half is bodily power. I really feel like my physique hasn’t grown absolutely. As I hold working within the health club with my health coach and with time, I believe that may assist me rather a lot to enhance the abilities that I’ve,” stated Shelbayh.
The Charleston Challenger ultimate was a duel between two former University of Florida stars. Crawford, who was competing in his first Challenger ultimate, performed school tennis on the University of Florida earlier than turning professional in 2020. Shelbayh performed one season for the Gators earlier than turning professional in 2022.
In different Challenger motion, Czech Tomas Machac ousted 4 of the highest eight seeds en path to the Co’met Orleans Open title. The 22-year-old overcame eighth seed Jack Draper 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 within the ultimate to carry his fifth Challenger title and first of this season.
“I’m tremendous pleased that I confirmed myself that I is usually a nice participant and beat nice gamers,” Machac stated. “[In the final], the primary set was my greatest tennis, second set was okay, and the third set was superb from my head, power, and all the things. I used to be simply combating and attempting to present him my recreation.”
Tomas Machac wins the Challenger 125 occasion in Orleans, France. Credit: Co’met Orleans Open
Machac, who’s at a career-high No. 96 within the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, ended his three-match skid in Challenger finals whereas ending Draper’s good 4-0 document in Challenger finals.
“I used to be within the zone and simply focussing on myself,” Machac stated. “I performed the final two video games unbelievably bodily and mentally.”
Germans Constantin Frantzen and Hendrik Jebens collected their season-leading sixth Challenger crew title in Orleans, the place they survived Henry Patten and John-Patrick Smith 7-6(5), 7-6(12) within the ultimate.
Oriol Roca Batalla was topped champion on the Braga Open in Portugal, the place he rallied previous Croatian Duje Ajdukovic 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 within the ultimate. Roca Batalla, 30, is the second-oldest participant this 12 months to win his maiden Challenger title, solely behind the 31-year-old Arthur Weber, who received in Zhuhai.
Oriol Roca Batalla wins the Challenger 75 occasion in Braga, Portugal. Credit: FPT/Sara Falcao
Competing in his 96th Challenger essential draw, the Spaniard Roca Batalla received seven matches in eight days as he went from qualifying to the winners’ circle.
Thiago Agustin Tirante received his second Challenger title of the season on the Directv Open Bogota. In the ultimate, the 22-year-old Argentine, who additionally received in Morelos, Mexico in April, was given a walkover by Brazil’s Gustavo Heide, who was coping with a abdomen problem.
Thiago Agustin Tirante wins the Challenger 125 occasion in Bogota. Credit: Directv Open Bogota