The Finnish player Emil Ruusuvuori won the Helsinki Challenger in front of his home crowd on Sunday defeating Mohamed Safwat in a three-set final, 6-3 6-7 6-2. The 20-year-old had won a Futures title in 2017 in the same place.
His season has ended. "There could not be a better way to end the year", said Ruusuvuori. "Safwat started really well but I won the first set. In the second set he had some chances and in the third I won dealing with less difficulties.
There was a super cool atmosphere. I won a lot of Challenger matches this year. You need experience to do it. There were a lot of bad losses but you just have to learn from them." Ruusuvuori will go to San Diego on Monday to enjoy some holidays and in December he will train at the Rafa Nadal Academy for a couple of weeks.
"When I won the ATP Mallorca Challenger, I was told that I could go there to train whenever I wanted", he said, adding that he will play Australian Open qualies. In an interview as quoted by People Coco Gauff said she has big expectations ahead of the Australian Open that starts in January.
The American player, who had big runs in Wimbledon and US Open this year respectively reaching fourth and third rounds, said: "I’m excited. Hopefully I make it to the finals. I like proving people wrong." On the excitement around her, Gauff added: "You know, you see the people saying, ‘Oh, she’s all hype’ and ‘she hasn’t won anything,’ and all that, and I guess I kind of like proved everyone wrong."