The young American tennis star Ben Shelton was one of the protagonists of this 2023 edition of the Laver Cup, won with merit by the World team. The US contributed to the success of the team led by John McEnroe, winning both the singles match against the Frenchman Arthur Fils, and in the two doubles matches, paired first with the countryman Frances Tiafoe and then with the Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime, against their respective opponents.
The 20-year-old's season has been extremely positive, especially in the Grand Slam trials. First the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, then the semi-finals at the US Open, beaten only by the eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
In this, his first year among the pros, the number 19 in the ranking has received various acclaim from former tennis players, active players and professionals, who see in him a potential star of the future. One of these is the former legend Rod Laver, who expressed himself with important words to the young American tennis player, exposing himself with a massive projection.
The journalist Bastien Fachan asked him which of the young tennis players around was the one who impressed him the most. Laver wrote: "Shelton is the new player on the tour. We'll see him win a Slam, he has one of the greatest serves, he's a great lefty, he doesn't make many mistakes.
He sees an opening and exploits it."
Hi everyone. It's the last day of the Laver Cup in Vancouver and before I head out to Rogers Arena, I have a few minutes to answer your questions. Fire away! pic.twitter.com/fbSIbMSYL8 — Rod Laver (@rodlaver) September 24, 2023
Shelton played a great US Open
Shelton, as mentioned, played a great tournament at Flushing Meadows, where he also showed off a good character, holding his own against the 24-time slam champion Djokovic.
His celebration after the victory against Tiafoe was then taken up by the Serbian himself, causing a lot of controversy around him.
The same American tennis player commented on Nole's gesture in the press conference: "I only saw it after the match.
I don't like it when people on social media tell me how I can or cannot celebrate. When you win the match, you deserve to do what you you want.
As a child I always learned that imitation is the most sincere form of appreciation.
That's all I'll say about it! Djokovic can compete at the highest level: he has a similar mentality to me on the court. He shows his emotions and I think it was nice to play this match for the first time. I can't wait to face him again."
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