Ben Shelton
Ben Shelton
Ben Shelton
Ben Shelton
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    • Began playing tennis at age 10 with his father and coach,Bryan, whom he calls his"biggest inspiration." Bryan left the Univ. of Florida after 11 years in June 2023 to travel with Ben on the ATP Tour.
    • Father reached career-high No. 55 in PIF ATP Rankings, winning Newport title in 1991 and 1992.
    • “It’s become a really good situation where he doesn’t even have to tell me things and I know what he’s thinking or he knows what I’m thinking,” Shelton said of his father, who was also his college coach. “He’s really helped me work on developing my game and not worry about quick success, but being in it for the long run.”
    • Clinched 2021NCAA men'steam title for University of Floridaand added 2022 NCAA singles title before turning pro in June 2022.
    • Says that competing for Gators was a huge successand an important part of his development.
    • Taking 2 online classes with UF during spring 2023 semester: entrepreneurship and international business.
    • Mother, Lisa, is sister of former World No. 4 doubles player Todd Witsken; sister, Emma, is a senior on University of Florida women's tennis team.
    • Broke into Top 100 in 2022 without ever traveling outside USA. Used passport for 1st time and played qualifying at 2023 Adelaide-1.
    • Favourite shot is serve,surface is hard,tournament is US Open and city on tour is New York.
    • Tennis idol is Roger Federer.
    • Also enjoys track-and-field and playing pick-up basketball, but says that his secret talent is throwing a football. Played quarterback before focusing on tennis.
    • "Going into the end of middle school, there were a lot of huge kids in football, and I hadn’t really hit my growth spurt yet," Shelton told The New York Times."I was maybe a little tired of getting bashed up all the time.”
    • Hero is former NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson and favourite superhero is Iron Man.
    • Favouriteactor is Damson Idris,TV show is Suits andmovie is Top Gun: Maverick.
    • Lists Rigatoni Bolognese as his favourite food and ice cream as his guilty pleasure.
    • Favourite book is The Outsiders by S.E. Hintonand musician is A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
    • Supports Gainesville-based charity Aces in Motion, an after-school youth development program that puts tennis' best practices inaction.
    • Dream job is working on Wall Streetand favourite school subject is math.
    • Says that his best quality is passion and worst is laziness.

    (UPDATED 22 MAY 2024)

    • Broke into Top 200 in August 2022, Top 100 in November 2022 and Top 20 in September 2023, achieving career-high No. 14 in April 2024 after capturing 2nd ATP Tour title in Houston.
    • Defeated compatriots Paul and Tiafoe at 2023 US Open to become the youngest American man in US Open semi-finals since Chang in 1992, then beat No. 4 Sinner for biggest win of career to reach 1st ATP Masters 1000 QF at 2023 Shanghai.
    • Captured 1st ATP Tour title at 2023 Tokyo, joining Bryan Shelton as 4th father-son duo to win a tour-level championship in Open Era (Phil & Taylor Dent, Ramanathan & Ramesh Krishnan, Petr & Sebastian Korda).
    • Advanced to 2023 Australian Open QF (l. to Paul) at age 20 and on his 1st trip outside USA, becoming youngest American man in Australian Open QF since Giammalva Jr., 19, in 1982, and in Grand Slam QF since Roddick, 20, at 2002 US Open.
    • Upset No. 5 Ruud to reach 2022 Cincinnati 3R in ATP Masters 1000 debut at age 19, becoming youngest American man to earn Top-5 win since Roddick, 18, at 2001 Montreal (d. No. 1 Kuerten).
    • Ended 2022 season on ATP Challenger Tour with 3 indoor hard titles in as many weeks at Charlottesville, Knoxville and Champaign.
    • Posted 65-10 singles record in 2 seasons for University of Florida, clinching 2021 NCAA team title and 2022 NCAA singles title while being coached by his father Bryan, a former World No. 55.

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