Varillas Wins Sao Leo Open

Juan Pablo Varillas (photo: Bruna Caldieraro/Urge Criativa)


Juan Pablo Varillas was crowned singles champion of the inaugural Challenger Dove Men & Care Sao Leo Open hosted by the São Leopoldo Tênis Clube. The No. 2 seed of the $53,120 ATP Challenger Tour clay-court -tournament in Brazil battled past World No. 103 and top seed Facundo Bagnis of Argentina 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 in Sunday’s singles final.

Varillas withstood nine aces, broke his rival three times and won 51 per cent of the total points played to secure victory in three hours and 12 minutes.


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“I am very happy, I believe I had an incredible and positive week in every way,” Varillas said.

“I believe I fulfilled what I was looking for in the competition, it’s not always possible, but I did it. I am very happy to play here in São Leopoldo and win another Challenger title. I found the club very beautiful, its structure. It was a great final, a very tough match that was decided in details, but I was calm because of the week I had done.”

The World No. 112 from Peru lifted his fifth ATP Challenger Tour career trophy, his first of the season. Varillas pocketed $7,200 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points.