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Elias Ymer is playing two clay court events in Italy this month on the ATP Challenger Tour.

#NextGen Star Ymer Comes Full Circle In Italian Challengers

The Swede has won both his career ATP Challenger Tour titles in Italy

Twelve months after winning his first ATP Challenger Tour event in Caltanissetta, Italy, #NextGen star Elias Ymer is back to make another run on Italian clay courts.

The 20-year-old Swede made his career breakthrough last June at the $125,000 event, which saw his Emirates ATP Ranking jump from No. 171 to No. 130. His second Challenger title last April also came in Italy, where he prevailed at the $50,000 event held in Barletta.

Although Ymer, the No. 3 seed this year in Caltanissetta, was unable to defend his title, he continues to play some of his best tennis in the country.

“I don’t know why, but I like the Italian clay and it fits me well,” said Ymer. “I was happy to be back in Caltanissetta. They treat us very well. It’s a big tournament and where I won my first title."

After this week, Ymer will play another Italian clay court Challenger in Perugia before turning his attention to the grass. Aware that his transition game will be key to a successful run at Wimbledon, he even enlisted the help of former World No. 1 and two-time Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg to work on his net game.

“I’ve practised with Stefan a few times in his hometown. He sponsors me, so I’m very grateful for everything he has been doing,” said Ymer. “He has unbelievable volleys, of course, so he was helping me with that when I went there.”

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