LYON, June 18, 2017
At just 16 years and 10 months, Félix Auger-Aliassime from Canada became the seventh youngest player in history to capture an ATP Challenger title at the €64,000 Open de Sopra Steria in Lyon, France.
The World No. 336, who entered the tournament with a wild card, defeated Mathias Bourge 6-4, 6-1 in Sunday’s final. Auger-Aliassime converted four of his five break points to prevail in one hour and 18 minutes.
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The teenager, who was already the youngest ATP Challenger finalist since Stefan Kozlov in 2014, earns €9,200 in prize money as well as 90 ATP ranking points.
|1||Michael Chang||15 years,7 months||Las Vegas, USA, 1997|
|2||Richard Gasquet||16 years,0 months||Montauban, FRA, 2002|
|3||Bernard Tomic||16 years,4 months||Melbourne, AUS, 2009|
|4||Kent Carlsson||16 years,7 months||New Ulm, GER, 1984|
|5||Marcos Ondruska||16 years,7 months||Durban, RSA, 1989|
|6||Rafael Nadal||16 years,9 months||Barletta, ITA, 2003|
|7||Félix Auger-Aliassime||16 years, 10 months||Lyon, FRA, 2017|
|8||Novak Djokovic||17 years,0 months||Budapest, HUN, 2004|
Auger-Aliassime’s victory means that three Canadians have won a title on the ATP Challenger Tour this season, a first since 2013. Denis Shapovalov won the Drummondville National Bank Challenger in March and Vasek Pospisil was crowned champion of the Busan Challenger last month.
Auger-Aliassime will look to keep his win streak going this week at the Internationaux de Tennis de Blois. He will face France’s Gianni Mina in the first round.