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Evans Secures Historic Grass Double In Nottingham

Mother Nature has played a role in many professional tournaments over the years, but few have been as chaotic as the 2019 Nature Valley Open.

What transpired in Nottingham could only be described as unprecedented for the region, as northern England endured a deluge of rain throughout the week. Not only did Daniel Evans survive a stacked draw, but the unpredictable weather as well.

On Sunday, the Brit celebrated his second title in as many weeks, extending his win streak to 10 straight with an impressive victory at the prestigious tournament. Evans defeated Evgeny Donskoy 7-6(3), 6-3 in what was their first encounter in six years, after ousting Go Soeda earlier in the day.

“It’s been a good week, carrying on strongly from last week,” Evans said. “I played very well in the first match [today]. The second match, I was a bit frustrated and I was very tired. But I didn’t lose a set today, so I can’t be too unhappy. I played well out there, despite the wind.”

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The win gave the 29-year-old a historic grass-court double, having also triumphed in Surbiton a week ago. He joins Yen-Hsun Lu as the only players to win consecutive Challenger titles on grass in the past 20 years. Lu went back-to-back in Surbiton and Ilkley in 2016.

The unrelenting rain interrupted play every day of the week, including a total washout on Monday and a move indoors from Tuesday through Friday. And with a WTA Tour event also taking place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, it was a mad scramble throughout the week.

In the end, Evans would win his quarter-final on the grass on Saturday, before defeating Soeda and Donskoy on Sunday. He moves up seven spots to No. 63 in the ATP Rankings.

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Evans is proving to be quite a force on the grass, using his flat groundstrokes and cutting backhand slice to find his top form on the surface. One year after finishing runner-up to Alex de Minaur in Nottingham, he has gone one step further on home soil. The Birmingham native is the first British winner here since Greg Rusedski in 2003, when the tournament was on the ATP Tour.

On Sunday, Evans lifted the Paul Hutchins Trophy, named after the longtime Nottingham tournament director and British Davis Cup captain, who recently passed away.

“It’s amazing to be the first winner of the Paul Hutchins Trophy – he was a massive part of me growing up. He was here last year and it feels a bit empty without him this year. It was really good to win, and hopefully he watched down on that.”

Evans will next head to Queen’s Club in London for the Fever-Tree Championships, an ATP 500 event. He opens against Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday.

Evans Secures Historic Grass Double In Nottingham

Mother Nature has played a role in many professional tournaments over the years, but few have been as chaotic as the 2019 Nature Valley Open.

What transpired in Nottingham could only be described as unprecedented for the region, as northern England endured a deluge of rain throughout the week. Not only did Daniel Evans survive a stacked draw, but the unpredictable weather as well.

On Sunday, the Brit celebrated his second title in as many weeks, extending his win streak to 10 straight with an impressive victory at the prestigious tournament. Evans defeated Evgeny Donskoy 7-6(3), 6-3 in what was their first encounter in six years, after ousting Go Soeda earlier in the day.

“It’s been a good week, carrying on strongly from last week,” Evans said. “I played very well in the first match [today]. The second match, I was a bit frustrated and I was very tired. But I didn’t lose a set today, so I can’t be too unhappy. I played well out there, despite the wind.”

Watch Evans Interview…

The win gave the 29-year-old a historic grass-court double, having also triumphed in Surbiton a week ago. He joins Yen-Hsun Lu as the only players to win consecutive Challenger titles on grass in the past 20 years. Lu went back-to-back in Surbiton and Ilkley in 2016.

The unrelenting rain interrupted play every day of the week, including a total washout on Monday and a move indoors from Tuesday through Friday. And with a WTA Tour event also taking place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, it was a mad scramble throughout the week.

In the end, Evans would win his quarter-final on the grass on Saturday, before defeating Soeda and Donskoy on Sunday. He moves up seven spots to No. 63 in the ATP Rankings.

Dallas

Evans is proving to be quite a force on the grass, using his flat groundstrokes and cutting backhand slice to find his top form on the surface. One year after finishing runner-up to Alex de Minaur in Nottingham, he has gone one step further on home soil. The Birmingham native is the first British winner here since Greg Rusedski in 2003, when the tournament was on the ATP Tour.

On Sunday, Evans lifted the Paul Hutchins Trophy, named after the longtime Nottingham tournament director and British Davis Cup captain, who recently passed away.

“It’s amazing to be the first winner of the Paul Hutchins Trophy – he was a massive part of me growing up. He was here last year and it feels a bit empty without him this year. It was really good to win, and hopefully he watched down on that.”

Evans will next head to Queen’s Club in London for the Fever-Tree Championships, an ATP 500 event. He opens against Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday.

Moutet’s Moment: #NextGenATP Cracks Top 100 With Lyon Title

It was the coronation of Corentin on Sunday. #NextGenATP star Corentin Moutet has been fighting for this moment since he turned pro three years ago, and it was finally realized.

The 20-year-old from Neuilly-Sur-Seine, France, capped his Top 100 breakthrough with a title on home soil in Lyon. Moutet had his moment in the spotlight in front of a boisterous home crowd at the Open Sopra Steria, defeating Elias Ymer 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Moutet was made to work for his fourth ATP Challenger Tour trophy and second of the year, battling for a pair of three-set wins before avenging a 2017 defeat to Ymer. He needed one hour and 50 minutes to prevail, sealing the title on his third match point.

“It’s a big satisfaction to win today,” said Moutet. “My opponent is a good player. I lost against him two years ago, here in Lyon. I was expecting a big fight today. I did my best all week and while it was hard sometimes, my level was quite high. I won and that’s the most important thing. Now I’m going back to work tomorrow.”

One week after enjoying a tour-level breakthrough at Roland Garros, stunning Guido Pella for his first appearance in the third round of a Grand Slam, he is reveling in a breakthrough of another kind. His victory in Lyon vaulted him to the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings for the first time, soaring to a career-high No. 86. In addition, he is up to seventh in the ATP Race To Milan, with the Top 7 automatically qualifying for the Next Gen ATP Finals in November.

“There are not a lot of ways to progress [up the ATP Rankings]. It happens by working constantly every day, not only sometimes. I know that if I want to progress, I have more to do. That’s why I’m going back to work tomorrow, to continue on this way and go a little bit more every day.”

The youth movement in France has now kicked into high gear. Canada is no longer the only nation with multiple #NextGenATP stars in the Top 100, with Moutet joining countryman Ugo Humbert in the elite club.  

#NextGenATP Top 100 Debuts In 2019

Player Age
Debut Date
Felix Auger-Aliassime 18 25 February
Casper Ruud 20 4 March
Miomir Kecmanovic 19 18 March
Corentin Moutet
20 17 June

Earlier in the year, Moutet etched his name in the history books with a title on the hard courts of Chennai, India. He became the first teenager to triumph in three consecutive seasons since Evgeny Korolev achieved the feat from 2005-07. Now, aged 20, Moutet is close to putting his Challenger days behind him.

“We all make mistakes, but what we have to keep in mind is that we learn from our mistakes. I wasn’t perfect during this tournament, but I’m still learning. Improving each day on the court but also outside is really important. I’m learning and growing.”

Moutet

Moutet’s Moment: #NextGenATP Cracks Top 100 With Lyon Title

It was the coronation of Corentin on Sunday. #NextGenATP star Corentin Moutet has been fighting for this moment since he turned pro three years ago, and it was finally realized.

The 20-year-old from Neuilly-Sur-Seine, France, capped his Top 100 breakthrough with a title on home soil in Lyon. Moutet had his moment in the spotlight in front of a boisterous home crowd at the Open Sopra Steria, defeating Elias Ymer 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Moutet was made to work for his fourth ATP Challenger Tour trophy and second of the year, battling for a pair of three-set wins before avenging a 2017 defeat to Ymer. He needed one hour and 50 minutes to prevail, sealing the title on his third match point.

“It’s a big satisfaction to win today,” said Moutet. “My opponent is a good player. I lost against him two years ago, here in Lyon. I was expecting a big fight today. I did my best all week and while it was hard sometimes, my level was quite high. I won and that’s the most important thing. Now I’m going back to work tomorrow.”

One week after enjoying a tour-level breakthrough at Roland Garros, stunning Guido Pella for his first appearance in the third round of a Grand Slam, he is reveling in a breakthrough of another kind. His victory in Lyon vaulted him to the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings for the first time, soaring to a career-high No. 86. In addition, he is up to seventh in the ATP Race To Milan, with the Top 7 automatically qualifying for the Next Gen ATP Finals in November.

“There are not a lot of ways to progress [up the ATP Rankings]. It happens by working constantly every day, not only sometimes. I know that if I want to progress, I have more to do. That’s why I’m going back to work tomorrow, to continue on this way and go a little bit more every day.”

The youth movement in France has now kicked into high gear. Canada is no longer the only nation with multiple #NextGenATP stars in the Top 100, with Moutet joining countryman Ugo Humbert in the elite club.  

#NextGenATP Top 100 Debuts In 2019

Player Age
Debut Date
Felix Auger-Aliassime 18 25 February
Casper Ruud 20 4 March
Miomir Kecmanovic 19 18 March
Corentin Moutet
20 17 June

Earlier in the year, Moutet etched his name in the history books with a title on the hard courts of Chennai, India. He became the first teenager to triumph in three consecutive seasons since Evgeny Korolev achieved the feat from 2005-07. Now, aged 20, Moutet is close to putting his Challenger days behind him.

“We all make mistakes, but what we have to keep in mind is that we learn from our mistakes. I wasn’t perfect during this tournament, but I’m still learning. Improving each day on the court but also outside is really important. I’m learning and growing.”

Moutet

Challenger Rising At Roland Garros: Twelve Claim First Slam Win

Take a look at Wednesday’s schedule at Roland Garros and one thing immediately jumps off the page. Past champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are in action, but who are their opponents?

Dig a little deeper and the same question could be asked of half the Top 10 seeds, including Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Karen Khachanov. While you might not be familiar with the players standing on the other side of the net, they have certainly been garnering plenty of attention on the ATP Challenger Tour this year.

In fact, the five opponents have one thing in common: they all won their first Grand Slam matches this week. With Yannick Maden battling Nadal, Oscar Otte clashing with Federer, Mikael Ymer facing Zverev, Hugo Dellien dueling with Tsitsipas and Gregoire Barrere meeting Khachanov, the stars of the Challenger circuit will have their say on one of the game’s biggest stages.

Five Things To Know About Yannick Maden

For players competing at the Challenger level, these moments are their big opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a global audience. Maden, Otte, Dellien, Ymer and Barrere have all been successfully plotting their ascent towards the Top 100 and beyond this year. And this is another important step in the process.

Challenger Stars In Paris

Player ATP Ranking 2019 W-L
2019 Best Results
Hugo Dellien No. 86 10-3 Santiago title
Yannick Maden No. 114 15-8 Drummondville & Lille finals
Gregoire Barrere No. 127 21-7 Quimper & Lille titles
Oscar Otte No. 144 25-15 Yokohama & Francavilla finals
Mikael Ymer No. 148 18-6 Noumea title

When Barrere first entered Roland Garros as a main draw competitor, it was 2016. The Frenchman was thrust into the spotlight on Court One against 12th seed David Goffin. It was the first tour-level match of his career, and he is the first to admit that it did not go according to plan.

Flash forward three years and the 25-year-old is now armed with a stronger all-around game and a firmer belief in his abilities. The rest of the tour is beginning to take notice. The Frenchman’s career trajectory has taken a circuitous route, as the once-thriving Top 200 prospect endured a slip to No. 624 in the ATP Rankings just last year.

In search of his game and much-needed confidence, everything changed when he stepped onto the home hard courts of Lille as a qualifier and emerged as an ATP Challenger Tour champion for the first time. One year later and Barrere is playing the best tennis of his career and soaring towards a Top 100 breakthrough.

On Tuesday, the Charenton-le-Pont native – located just 20 minutes from Roland Garros – finally celebrated his moment in the spotlight at his home Grand Slam, ousting Matthew Ebden 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 for his first major victory. For Barrere, it wasn’t just an ordinary win on Court 14, rather the culmination of a year of hard work on the Challenger circuit.

One of the top performers on the tour in 2019, Barrere is tied for fifth among win percentage leaders with a 21-7 record (.750). A pair of titles in nearby Quimper and Lille have seen him surge to a career-high of No. 117, and he is now on the precipice of climbing even higher. Victory over 10th seed Khachanov on Thursday would assure him of that.

“I still have 10 years ahead of me, so I take it step by step,” said Barrere. “I would like to get into the Top 100 very soon. That’s the objective of the season. Of course, if I enter the Top 100 in two weeks, in two months, that’s not my objective. I just try to progress on a daily basis to put everything together and then the ranking has to follow.”

Barrere is not the only player to celebrate his first Grand Slam victory this week. In fact, a staggering 12 competitors have secured the milestone with an opening-round triumph at Roland Garros. That’s the most at the same slam since 2001 in Paris. While some have already established themselves on the ATP Tour this year, including two-time champ Cristian Garin, Cordoba winner Juan Ignacio Londero and Indian Wells quarter-finalist Miomir Kecmanovic, this marks a potentially career-changing achievement for the nine others.

Bolivia’s Dellien Quit Tennis Three Years Ago; Now He Faces Tsitsipas In Paris

Barrere, Dellien, Maden, Otte, Ymer, Elliot Benchetrit, Salvatore Caruso, Lloyd Harris and Antoine Hoang all tasted victory for the first time on the Grand Slam stage. But these moments don’t appear out of thin air. For many, like Barrere, they have been building to this on the Challenger circuit.

Ymer is also Top 5 in win percentage this year, and in addition to lifting his maiden trophy in Noumea, the #NextGenATP Swede reached a pair of clay-court finals last month in Murcia and Bordeaux. Maden and Otte have also reached multiple finals this year, while Dellien claimed his fourth title on the clay of Santiago, Chile. And Caruso earned arguably the biggest scalp of the year with a comeback win over World No. 21 David Goffin in Phoenix.

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In February, Antoine Hoang earned his first ATP Tour match win in Montpellier, the week after reaching his third Challenger final at the presitigious Open de Rennes. Now inside the Top 150 and climbing, he believes that Tuesday’s four-set victory over Damir Dzumhur is the culmination of everything he’s been fighting for.

“I did everything to have this result,” Hoang said. “It’s a lot of pleasure and satisfaction. I’ve been expecting this for a long time. I’ve been practising for this result. I’m relieved. But the show must go on, and I hope that it will go as long as possible. The aim is to be part of the Top 100 by the end of the year.”

Hoang will look to the home crowd for more support when he faces 23rd-seed Fernando Verdasco on Thursday.

As you’re watching the action unfold in the coming days, keep an eye out for these emerging talents. There’s a strong chance you’ll be seeing more of them in the near future.

Challenger Rising At Roland Garros: Twelve Claim First Slam Win

Take a look at Wednesday’s schedule at Roland Garros and one thing immediately jumps off the page. Past champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are in action, but who are their opponents?

Dig a little deeper and the same question could be asked of half the Top 10 seeds, including Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Karen Khachanov. While you might not be familiar with the players standing on the other side of the net, they have certainly been garnering plenty of attention on the ATP Challenger Tour this year.

In fact, the five opponents have one thing in common: they all won their first Grand Slam matches this week. With Yannick Maden battling Nadal, Oscar Otte clashing with Federer, Mikael Ymer facing Zverev, Hugo Dellien dueling with Tsitsipas and Gregoire Barrere meeting Khachanov, the stars of the Challenger circuit will have their say on one of the game’s biggest stages.

Five Things To Know About Yannick Maden

For players competing at the Challenger level, these moments are their big opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a global audience. Maden, Otte, Dellien, Ymer and Barrere have all been successfully plotting their ascent towards the Top 100 and beyond this year. And this is another important step in the process.

Challenger Stars In Paris

Player ATP Ranking 2019 W-L
2019 Best Results
Hugo Dellien No. 86 10-3 Santiago title
Yannick Maden No. 114 15-8 Drummondville & Lille finals
Gregoire Barrere No. 127 21-7 Quimper & Lille titles
Oscar Otte No. 144 25-15 Yokohama & Francavilla finals
Mikael Ymer No. 148 18-6 Noumea title

When Barrere first entered Roland Garros as a main draw competitor, it was 2016. The Frenchman was thrust into the spotlight on Court One against 12th seed David Goffin. It was the first tour-level match of his career, and he is the first to admit that it did not go according to plan.

Flash forward three years and the 25-year-old is now armed with a stronger all-around game and a firmer belief in his abilities. The rest of the tour is beginning to take notice. The Frenchman’s career trajectory has taken a circuitous route, as the once-thriving Top 200 prospect endured a slip to No. 624 in the ATP Rankings just last year.

In search of his game and much-needed confidence, everything changed when he stepped onto the home hard courts of Lille as a qualifier and emerged as an ATP Challenger Tour champion for the first time. One year later and Barrere is playing the best tennis of his career and soaring towards a Top 100 breakthrough.

On Tuesday, the Charenton-le-Pont native – located just 20 minutes from Roland Garros – finally celebrated his moment in the spotlight at his home Grand Slam, ousting Matthew Ebden 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 for his first major victory. For Barrere, it wasn’t just an ordinary win on Court 14, rather the culmination of a year of hard work on the Challenger circuit.

One of the top performers on the tour in 2019, Barrere is tied for fifth among win percentage leaders with a 21-7 record (.750). A pair of titles in nearby Quimper and Lille have seen him surge to a career-high of No. 117, and he is now on the precipice of climbing even higher. Victory over 10th seed Khachanov on Thursday would assure him of that.

“I still have 10 years ahead of me, so I take it step by step,” said Barrere. “I would like to get into the Top 100 very soon. That’s the objective of the season. Of course, if I enter the Top 100 in two weeks, in two months, that’s not my objective. I just try to progress on a daily basis to put everything together and then the ranking has to follow.”

Barrere is not the only player to celebrate his first Grand Slam victory this week. In fact, a staggering 12 competitors have secured the milestone with an opening-round triumph at Roland Garros. That’s the most at the same slam since 2001 in Paris. While some have already established themselves on the ATP Tour this year, including two-time champ Cristian Garin, Cordoba winner Juan Ignacio Londero and Indian Wells quarter-finalist Miomir Kecmanovic, this marks a potentially career-changing achievement for the nine others.

Bolivia’s Dellien Quit Tennis Three Years Ago; Now He Faces Tsitsipas In Paris

Barrere, Dellien, Maden, Otte, Ymer, Elliot Benchetrit, Salvatore Caruso, Lloyd Harris and Antoine Hoang all tasted victory for the first time on the Grand Slam stage. But these moments don’t appear out of thin air. For many, like Barrere, they have been building to this on the Challenger circuit.

Ymer is also Top 5 in win percentage this year, and in addition to lifting his maiden trophy in Noumea, the #NextGenATP Swede reached a pair of clay-court finals last month in Murcia and Bordeaux. Maden and Otte have also reached multiple finals this year, while Dellien claimed his fourth title on the clay of Santiago, Chile. And Caruso earned arguably the biggest scalp of the year with a comeback win over World No. 21 David Goffin in Phoenix.

Infosys powers real-time insights for every point

In February, Antoine Hoang earned his first ATP Tour match win in Montpellier, the week after reaching his third Challenger final at the presitigious Open de Rennes. Now inside the Top 150 and climbing, he believes that Tuesday’s four-set victory over Damir Dzumhur is the culmination of everything he’s been fighting for.

“I did everything to have this result,” Hoang said. “It’s a lot of pleasure and satisfaction. I’ve been expecting this for a long time. I’ve been practising for this result. I’m relieved. But the show must go on, and I hope that it will go as long as possible. The aim is to be part of the Top 100 by the end of the year.”

Hoang will look to the home crowd for more support when he faces 23rd-seed Fernando Verdasco on Thursday.

As you’re watching the action unfold in the coming days, keep an eye out for these emerging talents. There’s a strong chance you’ll be seeing more of them in the near future.