ATP Challenger Recap - Great Week for Americans and Younger Generation
Let's be honest, we've been waiting a while for this one for a while for Tiafoe. The 23-year old is no stranger to winning on grass. Being able to get to the quarterfinals of the Cinch Championships in 2018 and making it to the third round of Wimbledon.
"I was waiting for this for a very long time," said Tiafoe during the trophy ceremony. "Denis battled hard all week. I know grass is one of his favorite surfaces, so I hope he wins next week but I'm happy to get this one. I needed it bad. And it's my first title with [coach Wayne Ferreira], so hopefully we'll get some ATPs next.
"Lastly, I have to say to Denis that I wouldn't be the guy I am without you bro. I've been trying to chase you since I was a kid. It feels good to beat you today but I've always looked up to you and I'm happy for our practices together and our friendship. In all my success in the future, I want to say thank you." - ATP Challenger Website
For Christopher Eubanks, this moment was three years in the making. On Sunday, the American earned his second ATP Challenger Tour title and first since 2018, prevailing on the hard courts of Orlando.
It was a long-awaited return to the winners' circle for the 25-year-old, who turned in an impressive week at the USTA National Campus. Straight-set wins over former World No. 38 Nicolas Jarry and reigning NCAA champion Sam Riffice were followed by a 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 comeback victory over Colombia's Nicolas Mejia in the final - ATP Challenger Site
Zizou Bergs is actually one of the most promising players right now. Claiming his third Challenger level title in 2021. With already 16 wins this year alone, we can't wait to see what he has to offer on the main stage. Should be very soon.
"I was down a lot, but I came through," Bergs added. "I feel very happy but also very tired. This is incredible. I was waiting for the opportunity to play Challengers because I was playing many Futures early in the year. Starting from my first opportunity, winning the title in St. Petersburg, I'm now winning a lot. This was just my fifth tournament on clay and I won again, so it's promising for the rest of the year. I will try to keep going to make the next steps, but winning three times in such a short period is a pretty incredible feeling." - ATP Challenger Tour
Tallon Griekspoor, the 24-year old Dutch player recently moved into the Top 120 in the world with his recent win over the fellow young gun, Sebastian Baez. This was his second Challenger title of 2021, the first one coming in Prague over Oscar Otte.
All I have to say is.... "Cuevaaaaaaaasss" (look it up). Pablo took both the singles and doubles titles in Lyon this past weekend, overcoming a young Elias Ymer from Sweden. The Uruguayan took 10 straight sets to take the title. This was his 15th career ATP Challenger title!