This victory marked Mannarino’s third ATP Tour title in his career. Despite struggling in ATP Tour finals earlier in his career, where he lost the first six he played, Mannarino has since improved his performance in championship matches, winning two out of his last three.
Mannarino expressed his pleasure at playing in Newport and his appreciation for the opportunity to compete in the tournament. He acknowledged his past struggles in Newport but highlighted his enjoyment of the event.
Alex Michelsen, an eighteen-year-old American player, displayed remarkable composure and performance throughout the tournament, notably defeating former Newport champions Maxime Cressy and John Isner. Despite his loss in the final, Michelsen’s impressive performance allowed him to climb to World No. 139 in the ATP Rankings. Isner made a good run knocking off #1 ranked Tommy Paul in the quarterfinals before bowing out to Michelsen.
Michelsen acknowledged Mannarino’s skill and praised him as one of the best grass-court players on tour. He also thanked the sponsors and organizers for making the tournament a positive and memorable experience for him.
Mannarino’s victory in Newport adds to his successful record on grass courts. Notably, he also reached a grass-court final earlier in the year in Mallorca, showcasing his proficiency on this surface. Two out of his three ATP Tour titles have been achieved on grass courts, with his first title earned four years ago in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Early in his career, Mannarino struggled in ATP Tour finals, losing the first six he played. But the 35-year-old has won two of his past three championship clashes and is now a three-time tour-level champion. He had not made it past the quarter-finals in Newport before this week. “I’m just fighting on court, trying to do my best and it’s always some really close matches and you never know what to expect,” Mannarino said. “I’m feeling pretty lucky that I got through all the way this week.” 👑 Victorious in Newport 👑@AdrianMannarino claims his third ATP Tour title after defeating Michelsen 6-2, 6-4!@TennisHalloFame | #InfosysHallofFameOpen pic.twitter.com/6a331RT94d —
Overall, Mannarino’s win and Michelsen’s impressive performance in the tournament highlight the dynamic and competitive nature of professional tennis, where emerging talents challenge established players, leading to exciting matches and memorable moments for both players and fans.
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