World No. 197 Yuichi Sugita claims the Binghamton Challenger title means to him more than his maiden ATP title as the Japanese is hoping this is the start of something positive. After a breakthrough season in 2017, the 30-year-old struggled with his form last year and the first six months of this season.
The Japanese showed glimpses of his old tennis this past week in Binghamton, where he beat Joao Menezes in the final 7-6 (2) 1-6 6-2 to lift his first title since winning his first ATP crown at the Antalya Open in 2017.
Also, Sugita returned to the top-200 following his winning run in Binghamton as he entered the American Challenger event ranked at No. 241 in the world. "This is really important. Even more than my ATP title. After that, I dropped a lot and lost confidence.
I forgot what was my tennis," Sugita said after winning the title, per ATP Challenger Tour Twitter. Sugita is now set to play at this week's Chengdu Challenger, where he is the sixth-seeded player in the draw.