Month: June 2019

From Milan To Wimbledon: Dellien Claims Fifth Challenger Crown

This week, all roads point to Wimbledon for the 133rd edition of The Championships. Some are a bit more circuitous than others. Hugo Dellien has taken an unusual route to the All England Club, streaking to the title on the clay courts of Milan on Sunday. Dellien was dominant on the dirt, dropping just one set en route to his fifth ATP Challenger Tour crown and second of the year. The top seed defeated Danilo Petrovic 7-5, 6-4 after one hour and 46 minutes to lift the trophy. Dellien may have been 6,000 miles from home, but the chorus of cheers throughout the week suggested otherwise. The Bolivians living in Italy came out in droves to support their native son. He says it felt like a home crowd in Milan, with the locals showering him with applause from first ball to last. As he celebrated another Challenger championship, he wrapped himself in the red, yellow and green flag and took a lap around Centre Court to soak in the moment. “For me, it is special to play in front of my people,” added Dellien, who spent over 20 minutes taking selfies with fans and signing autographs after the match. “My results are making tennis known in my country. Many people are proud, the passion is growing and I am the cause of all this. I have the obligation to represent Bolivia in the best possible way and for now I am doing it and we hope to continue like this. “Personally, I prefer to represent a nation that has never had players, to be the first to start a journey and to be followed by everyone. More than money, the affection and support of an entire country counts.” They love @hugo_dellien in Milan! Your champion @AspriaTennisCup, claiming a fifth #ATPChallenger title and second of the year. pic.twitter.com/LiUXrpOaAX — ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) June 30, 2019 The turnaround will be quick for the Bolivian, who completed Sunday’s final at 7:30pm local time in Milan. His Wimbledon opener is slated for Tuesday against John Millman. It...

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From Milan To Wimbledon: Dellien Claims Fifth Challenger Crown

This week, all roads point to Wimbledon for the 133rd edition of The Championships. Some are a bit more circuitous than others. Hugo Dellien has taken an unusual route to the All England Club, streaking to the title on the clay courts of Milan on Sunday. Dellien was dominant on the dirt, dropping just one set en route to his fifth ATP Challenger Tour crown and second of the year. The top seed defeated Danilo Petrovic 7-5, 6-4 after one hour and 46 minutes to lift the trophy. Dellien may have been 6,000 miles from home, but the chorus of cheers throughout the week suggested otherwise. The Bolivians living in Italy came out in droves to support their native son. He says it felt like a home crowd in Milan, with the locals showering him with applause from first ball to last. As he celebrated another Challenger championship, he wrapped himself in the red, yellow and green flag and took a lap around Centre Court to soak in the moment. “For me, it is special to play in front of my people,” added Dellien, who spent over 20 minutes taking selfies with fans and signing autographs after the match. “My results are making tennis known in my country. Many people are proud, the passion is growing and I am the cause of all this. I have the obligation to represent Bolivia in the best possible way and for now I am doing it and we hope to continue like this. “Personally, I prefer to represent a nation that has never had players, to be the first to start a journey and to be followed by everyone. More than money, the affection and support of an entire country counts.” They love @hugo_dellien in Milan! Your champion @AspriaTennisCup, claiming a fifth #ATPChallenger title and second of the year. pic.twitter.com/LiUXrpOaAX — ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) June 30, 2019 The turnaround will be quick for the Bolivian, who completed Sunday’s final at 7:30pm local time in Milan. His Wimbledon opener is slated for Tuesday against John Millman. It...

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