Sels Lifts Maiden Challenger Trophy At Open De Vendée

Jelle Sels (photo: Un oeil Averty)


Following five triumphs on the ITF Pro Circuit, Jelle Sels from the Netherlands has clinched his maiden title on the ATP Challenger Tour by winning the 9th edition of the €67,960 Open de Vendée in Mouilleron-le-Captif, France.

In front of 3,000 spectators inside the Vendespace Arena, the World No. 173 defeated Canadian wild card entry Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3 in Sunday’s singles final. Sels capitalized on four of his seven break-point opportunities to succeed in one hour and 22 minutes.

“I want to thank you for your energy. I couldn’t be happier. This is my first Challenger title after two finals. I was focused, I fought for every point, it was the only way to win,” Sels told the crowd during the on-court ceremony.

The 27-year-old Woerden native earned €9,200 in prize money as well as 90 ATP Ranking points.

“Of course, I’m a bit disappointed, but I want to thank the organization of the tournament for this opportunity. I had a very nice week, it was fantastic. I love playing in France,” said Pospisil.

Arends/Pel prevail in doubles

On Saturday, Sander Arends and David Pel captured the doubles title. The Dutchmen rallied past Purav Raja and Divij Sharan of India 6-7(3), 7-6(6), 10-6 in one hour and 58 minutes.

By winning their eighth Challenger team title, Arends and Pel split €3,950 in prize money and collected 90 ATP Doubles Ranking points.


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Organizers of the indoor hard-court event announced a record attendance of 23,000 people over the week, including 5,000 children taking part in the School Open and Kids Day.