After making it to the quarter-finals of the US Open, Ben Shelton held the record for the fastest serve. However, it was his victory over fellow American Frances Tiafoe that quickly gained attention in the sports world. Novak Djokovic, Lorenzo Musetti, and Fabio Fognini all imitated Shelton’s focused celebration, with tennis fans praising him as a trailblazer. Even Roger Federer was impressed, finding the celebration to be unique. The iconic celebration has now spread to other circuits as well.
Two siblings from Portugal brought the tradition to their country after winning their first major ITF championship. The celebration caught the eye of the young champion, who also shared his reaction as the siblings gave a sneak peek of it.
Ben Shelton came up with his own signature celebration, which other players then started to imitate.
Portuguese siblings Matilde Jorge and Francisca Jorge made it big at the W60 tournament on their home turf. The doubles duo won their first Caldas da Rainha ladies’ title by defeating the pair of America’s Ashley Lahey and China’s Fangra Tian. The young siblings dialed in their opponents and flexed their celebration on social media.
Matilde, the younger sibling of Jorge, shared photos on her Instagram account of them making a phone call. In the caption, the 19-year-old described the moment. “
I am focused, Ben..” I cannot agree with you on this one.”
Shelton replied to the post by stating, “I cannot concur with your stance on this matter.”.” Young Jorge was swept off her feet with the response and reacted, “
“to the acknowledgement of the 19th-ranked player in the world.”
Shelton’s unexpected success in a universal phenomenon made him a celebrated and pioneering figure among those who love to celebrate. His approach gained popularity for its creativity and distinctiveness. Interestingly, Shelton himself drew inspiration from Grant Holloway, a Track and Field athlete..
However, the credit for popularizing the dial-in goes to the American prodigy.
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Shelton once again caused a stir at the Laver Cup by defeating Arthur Fils. Despite previously receiving support from fans for his actions when Djokovic abruptly ended their call, Shelton was criticized for his repetitive behavior at the Laver Cup and was even labeled as “annoying.” Additionally, he faced relentless trolling for his appearance and was compared to the controversial tennis player.
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The response to the behavior of the talented American player was met with differing opinions among fans of tennis.
In his debut at the Laver Cup, a prestigious event for top players, the semi-finalist from Flushing Meadows shook hands with his teammates following his victory against Team Europe’s Fils. However, when the 20-year-old tried to end a phone call, his teammates coincidentally walked away and a fan noticed Tommy Paul signaling to “the kid” Shelton to end the call.
Oh my goodness, the rest of the guys are walking away as if he stinks, while Paul is motioning for the kid to let it go…
— barry aruba (@BarryAruba) September 22, 2023
Ben Shelton made his tournament debut in a memorable first match, playing an important role in helping Team World defend their title. Following the victory, Shelton wore sunglasses during his press conference and was subjected to harsh teasing. The team competition takes place indoors, leading some fans to nickname Shelton “The new Kyrgios of tennis.”
However, the young champion has definitely shown his skill in a brief period of time and captured the global spotlight with his signature celebration. Other tennis stars admire it and this trend will persist until a new dominant player rises. Currently, it is up to Shelton to maintain his success!
See this tale: At just 20 years old, Ben Shelton of America has become a role model and his fellow countryman praises the lasting impact he has made through a moving message.
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