Moutet Announces Arrival In Cherbourg
French teenager posts his best Challenger result
After enjoying plenty of junior success, French teenager Corentin Moutet is ready to show off his rapidly improving game at the pro level.
Competing at this week’s $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in Cherbourg, France, the 17 year old came through qualifying to reach his first Challenger quarter-final. Moutet defeated Jeremy Jahn of Germany in the opening round and then scored the biggest win of his young career over Canadian Steven Diez, currently No. 173 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Although he lost on Friday to fellow Frenchman Kenny De Schepper, Moutet is taking plenty of positives from this week.
“I’m so happy to be in a Challenger quarter-final for the first time. It means a lot to me,” said Moutet. “I’ve played five great matches and had my best victory against a player in the Top 200. I want to continue to improve and be more regular in my work, putting 100 per cent into all of my matches.”
Moutet primarily compared in ITF Futures events last year, winning two tournaments. Although he only plays sporadically in ITF Junior events, he stands at No. 12 in the ITF Junior Rankings due to outstanding results including reaching the boys’ singles semi-finals last month at the Australian Open.
But the young Frenchman is focused on a long pro career. After his outstanding run in Cherbourg, he hopes to soon become a regular fixture in Challenger events.
“Cherbourg is a great event with a great audience supporting all of the French players, so I’ve really been enjoying it a lot,” said Moutet. “I’ve mainly been playing Futures events and junior tournaments, so being able to compete in a Challenger is a great experience for me.”