A LOOK BACK
Santaizi Challenger (Taipei City, Taiwan): If there was any doubt that Yuki Bhambri is absolutely match and able to cost up the ATP Rankings, the 25-year-old made an emphatic assertion this week in Taipei. The fourth-seeded Indian blasted to the title on the $150,000 ATP Challenger Tour occasion, defeating countryman Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-Three, 6-Four on Sunday.
Bhambri celebrated a return to the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings for the primary time in two years, marching to a career-high No. 83. Having fallen exterior the Top 500 following an elbow harm, he’s again with a vengeance, claiming his second Challenger crown in 5 months. He has additionally certified for the Australian Open and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 occasions in Indian Wells and Miami in that span, scoring a career-best win over World No. 12 Lucas Pouille within the California desert.
Bhambri is now a mixed 21-6 this 12 months on the tour-level and ATP Challenger Tour. The highest-ranked participant from India, he rallied from a set down on two events through the week in Taipei, earlier than ousting Ramanathan in a single hour and 29 minutes on Sunday.
CDMX Open (Mexico City, Mexico): The inaugural CDMX Open in Mexico City was greeted to rave opinions from gamers and followers, as tennis returned to the Mexican capital. On Sunday, the event’s first version celebrated a first-time Challenger champion, as Juan Ignacio Londero lifted his maiden trophy. The Argentine qualifier dropped only one set in eight matches to earn the title, culminating in a 6-1, 6-Three defeat of Roberto Quiroz in 52 minutes.
Two first-time champions this week. Both from 🇦🇷@juanlondero joins countryman Marco Trungelliti in lifting a maiden #ATPChallenger 🏆, prevailing in Mexico City pic.twitter.com/uhHala0rhV
— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) April 15, 2018
Organised by the identical staff that runs the ATP World Tour 500 occasion in Acapulco, the CDMX Open made nice strides in its first 12 months on the ATP Challenger Tour. Founded in 1939, the stadium court docket is the oldest within the nation and is known as after the late Rafael Osuna, probably the most embellished participant in Mexico’s historical past. Referred to because the ‘Cathedral of Mexican Tennis’, the Estadio Rafael Osuna was bought out on Sunday.
Open Citta Della Disfida (Barletta, Italy): From one first-time champion to a different, Londero’s countryman Marco Trungelliti captured his maiden title earlier on Sunday in Barletta, Italy. At the age of 28, Trungelliti lastly broke via on the ATP Challenger Tour in his 111th event performed. He rallied previous residence hope Simone Bolelli 2-6, 7-6(Four), 6-Four in two hours and 33 minutes for the crown.
Not solely did the week see two Argentines win their maiden titles, however each did in order qualifiers, claiming eigth match wins within the course of. While Londero soars 96 spots within the ATP Rankings to No. 218, Trungelliti jumps 46 positions to No. 191. He beforehand reached a career-high of No. 126 two years in the past.
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A LOOK AHEAD
Four tournaments. Four continents.
The Sarasota Open kicks off the U.S. clay-court swing, with Japan’s Taro Daniel main the cost. A pair of all-#NextGenATP first-round clashes spotlight the draw, with Reilly Opelka dealing with Miomir Kecmanovic and Michael Mmoh assembly Sebastian Korda.
Meanwhile, the ATP Challenger Tour returns to Africa, with the Tunis Open within the Tunisian capital. Jiri Vesely is the highest seed. In Nanchang, China, Evgeny Donskoy leads the sphere alongside second seed Jordan Thompson. And in Guadalajara, Mexico, the four-week Mexican swing continues on the Jalisco Open.