Who is Ben Shelton, the American college tennis player who advances to the fourth round of the Australian Open?
The Sporting News claimed that the Atlanta-born boy started playing tennis regularly when he was 12 years old. He is the son of former tennis professional Bryan Shelton.
Shelton’s career has taken off after he decided to go pro in the middle of 2022. He spent his junior career in the United States before deciding to join the University of Florida tennis team. With his father as his coach, Shelton won the NCAA Singles Championship in 2022 after helping the Gators win their first National Championship in 2021.
He decided to turn professional and finish his degree online after an incredible run at the Cincinnati Masters, when he overcame world No. 5 Casper Ruud. Shelton made his professional debut at the US Open, when he was defeated early on. In the ATP rankings, the 22-year-old is at number 89. Unquestionably, Shelton’s huge serve is his most effective technique.
The American’s first serve averaged 200.1 km/h in his match against Popyrin, reaching a high speed of 223 km/h. His strength is also demonstrated by his strong groundstrokes, which frequently drive his opponents far into the field.
He has additionally proven his ability to maintain composure under pressure by winning crucial points and tiebreaks. At the 2023 Australian Open, Shelton participated in four tiebreaks and won each one.
About College of Florida
One of the most renowned and esteemed universities in the country is the University of Florida.
It is situated in Gainesville, Florida, and was established in 1853. 49,680 full-time students attend the institution, which also employs 4,550 professors and other staff members. It is a member of the State University System of Florida, which is a collection of academic and research institutions run by the state of Florida.
East Florida Seminary, one of the university’s four predecessor schools, was established in Ocala, Marion County, in 1853, marking the beginning of the university. The average GPA is 4.15, and the SAT score is 1,305. In terms of graduation rates, dropout rates, and student selection, UF now leads the Florida university system.
The Florida Gators are a member of the dominant SEC Conference and compete in the NCAA Division I. Basketball and football are the two most popular sports. The American football squad, which has been around since 1906 and is one of the most successful in the country, is particularly well-known.
They have won eight major SEC Conference championships, three national championships (1996, 2006, 2008), and the most games in college football in the entire United States since 1990. For the sweltering weather in central Florida, their home field, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, also known as The Swamp, has 88,000 seats.
The well-known energy drink Gatorade was created in this city in 1965 and adopted the Gators’ colors for its name and emblem.