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Christopher Eubanks wins first ATP title in Mallorca, earns Top 50 debut

Arthur Kapetanakis | July 01, 2023

Three months after his breakout run to the Miami quarterfinals, Christopher Eubanks went all the way in Mallorca to win his maiden ATP Tour title.


The 27-year-old dominated his first final Saturday on the Spanish island, earning a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Adrian Mannarino without facing a break point. The title will also earn Eubanks a debut in the Top 50 of the ATP rankings, with the Atlanta native projected to rise to a new career-high of world No. 43 entering Wimbledon.

"It means the world. It just means the world, man," Eubanks said after lifting the ATP 250 title. "It means a lot of the hard work I've been putting in, the ups and downs throughout my career, it all is coming together now at this point in my career. It's just a testament to the hard work. Now I just want to keep working even harder to feel this feeling even more."


Eubanks had to save five match points in the semifinals to keep his tournament alive, ultimately snatching a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(9) victory from Lloyd Harris — his third three-set win of the week. He previously beat young Americans Alex Michelsen and Ben Shelton in the first two rounds, also winning a final-set tiebreak against the third-seeded Shelton on Wednesday.


Coupled with Frances Tiafoe's Stuttgart title in June, Eubanks' success give the U.S. two ATP grass-court titles in the buildup to Wimbledon for the first time since 1984, when John McEnroe won at Queen's Club and Johan Kriek triumphed in Bristol.

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Looking ahead to the grass-court Grand Slam, Eubanks is set to make his London main-draw debut against Brazil's Thiago Monteiro on Tuesday.


"To come into my first Wimbledon with my first ATP title is something that if you had told me when I showed up last Thursday that it would happen, I probably wouldn't have believed you," said the American. "But here I am standing here today and I'm looking forward to getting out there on Tuesday."


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A pair of Americans also reached the final at the ATP 250 in Eastbourne, with Tommy Paul making that stage in singles and Austin Krajicek doing so in doubles.


Mackenzie McDonald also enjoyed a strong week with a semifinal run, while Madison Keys won the women's singles title and Desirae Krawczyk was a doubles champion at the the United Kingdom event.


The second-seeded Paul progressed to his second tour-level singles final of 2023 (Acapulco), earning a three-set win against countryman J.J. Wolf along the way. But he was beaten by fourth seed Francisco Cerundolo, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, in Saturday's final, unable to add a second title to his 2021 Stockholm success.


The 26-year-old won't have to wait long to avenge the defeat. Seeded 16th at Wimbledon, he is set to open against Japan's Shintaro Mochizuki on Tuesday.

Krajicek, the doubles world No. 1, extended his winning streak to 13 matches alongside Ivan Dodig following the pair's titles at Roland Garros and Queen's Club. After notching three wins in Eastbourne, the top seeds were turned back by Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, 6-4, 6-2, in Friday's final.

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