Connors shares a very bold prediction about Ben Shelton's future

The former US tennis legend said his young countryman will reach his peak in the next two months

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Connors shares a very bold prediction about Ben Shelton's future
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The young US ring star Ben Shelton won his second career ATP title in Houston.

After the success at the ATP 500 tournament in Tokyo 2023, the 22-year-old American defeated countryman Frances Tiafoe with the final score of 7-5 4-6 6-3. It was a final fought with a lot of competitive spirit, also considering how Tiafoe was looking for an encore after the 2023 victory in his home tournament.

The clay season is certainly a good chance for Shelton, who aims to achieve great goals in the coming weeks, also considering how many of his direct opponents are struggling with psycho-physical problems or injuries.

Ben Shelton
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The former US tennis legend Jimmy Connors analyzed the moment that Shelton is experiencing, explaining how in the next two months the young North American rising star could reach his peak, during the latest episode of the Advantage Connors podcast.

"I think in the next couple of months he will peak if he takes care of himself and his game. I think the next couple of months on clay, whatever it does for him, he's going to have to get him in good shape, that's one thing for sure.

If he can get there and get stuck in, play some games and have some success, like he showed in Houston, but then he'll get on the grass I think he'll peak in the next couple of months if he takes care of himself and of his game," he explained.

Also in a recent episode of the Advantage Connors podcast, the former US tennis legend said about his young countryman: "Sometimes, it could be a difficult relationship if you listen to your mom or dad and they're trying to coach you to be a better player. Shelton's dad is his coach and he has the experience of being on tour and playing on his own .So, you get to know their ego again, which is good."

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Ben Shelton© Al Bello / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Meanwhile Shelton surprised fans with his words about the Paris Olympics

During the BNP Paribas Open, the first ATP Master 1000 of the season which was played on the Californian hard-courts of Indian Wells, Shelton expressed his intention to skip the Paris Olympics in case of qualification.

"I've thought about it a lot. At the moment I can say that I'm quite inclined not to go this year, in case I qualify. I think they fit into the tennis calendar in a complicated way," he said.

Shelton also talked about his plans this season and possibly participating in the next Olympics that the American could play at home, Los Angeles 2028. A rather controversial decision, especially for a boy who is particularly attached to his nation.

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