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Ben Shelton Rising Force

By Scoop Malinowski

Ben Shelton just keeps on winning matches and titles.

The 20 year old has just won his first two ATP Challenger titles back to back in Charlottesville and Knoxville, both times beating Chris Eubanks in the final. Shelton has won ten matches in a row and is now ranked 108 in the world.

Earlier in the year, the rapidly-improving 6-foot-4 American son of former ATP champion Bryan Shelton, had lost in the finals of Tiburon, Rome (GA) and Chicago Challengers.

The left-handed Shelton started 2022 ranked 547.

In his three ATP World Tour tournaments, Shelton posted a 3-3 match record, beating Casper Ruud, Lorenzo Sonego and Rankumar Ramanathan while falling to Nuno Borgues at US Open, John Isner in Atlanta and Cam Norrie in Cincy.

With his steady progression of positive results and quick adaption to the ATP World Tour from his NCAA tennis at University of Florida for one year, Shelton is showing all the right moves and signs to join the young American group of Tommy Paul, Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe and Maxime Cressy, Sebastian Korda, Brandon Nakashima and Jenson Brooksby in the top 50.

Shelton may also be the best American lefthander since Donald Young… or John McEnroe?

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