Sandgren Shines In Auckland

Tennys Sandgren triumphs in Auckland (photo: ASB Classic)

AUCKLAND, January 12, 2019

Tennys Sandgren clinched his first ATP Tour title, winning the 2019 ASB Classic in Auckland. The unseeded US-American defeated British wild card entry Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-2 in Saturday’s singles final.

Sandgren, who didnt’t drop a set in New Zealand this week, capitalized on four of his 12 break point chances to prevail after one hour and 18 minutes.

“I’m a little bit at a loss for words, honestly. A lot of work, a lot of training and a lot of sacrifice goes into even making a final and to get a win, I’m kind of speechless,” Sandgren said. “[I’m] just grateful that I can be out here, play and compete. I’ve dealt with some injuries, so just to be healthy and playing well, it feels really good.”

The 27-year-old from Tennessee earns $90,990 in prize money as well as 250 ATP-Ranking points.

McLachlan/Struff lift doubles trophies

Earlier in the day, Ben McLachlan, who grew up in New Zealand but plays under the flag of Japan, and Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany took the doubles title. The tandem defeated the tournament’s No. 3 seeds Raven Klaasen from South Africa and home favourite Michael Venus 6-3, 6-4. The encounter lasted one hour and five minutes.

“It’s pretty unreal. I watched this tournament growing up as a youngster. Becoming a ballboy was an unreal experience,” McLachlan said on court after the victory. “It’s just a dream come true.”