Kudla Clinches Cary Challenger Title

Denis Kudla (photo: Atlantic Tire Championships)

STARNBERG, November 16, 2020

Denis Kudla clinched the title of the Atlantic Tire Championships held at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina, United States. The No. 2 seed of the $52,080 ATP Challenger hard-court event fought past No. 4 seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in Sunday’s singles final.

Kudla withstood 11 aces and broke his opponent’s serve six times to prevail after one hour and 32 minutes.

“This week has been awesome,” Kula said after the final. “It was more than I could have expected. I haven’t played a match since the French Open but I have been working a lot over the last couple of weeks. Everything kind of came together, every single match I played better and better. I loved being here for my first time. The hospitality and every single detail was great. I was happy to be here. I usually would say that I love to come back but I hopefully I will play Tour events.

By lifting his seventh ATP Challenger career trophy, his first since 2018 Drummondville, Canada, the 28-year-old Virginia resident pocketed $7,200 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points.

“I hope that this could be a stepping stone for other tournaments going to happen in the US. I look forward and I think it is a prime example how a tournament should be run under the protocols,” Kudla said.

The hard-court swing in the United States will continue this week. Kudla and Gunneswaran will both compete in the upcoming Orlando Open held at the USTA National Campus