Frenchmen Combine For Record-Breaking 27 Challenger Titles

Arthur Fils’ triumph on the Oeiras Challenger in January was an early signal of what was to come back on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2023: Frenchmen constructing off their countrymen’s success as they win Challenger titles.

Despite Fils competing in his first Challenger ultimate in Oeiras, the teenager held his nerve, lifting the trophy inside 24 hours of Arthur Cazaux successful the Nonthaburi Challenger and Richard Gasquet claiming the ATP 250 in Auckland.

“I noticed that in a single day Arthur Cazaux did it, I noticed that Richard Gasquet did it. I stated, ‘Okay you must win this one!’” Fils stated after triumphing in Oeiras.

Players from France collected 27 Challenger titles this yr, marking probably the most titles by a single nation in a season. 

Constant Lestienne’s trio of Challenger titles led the way in which for France, which had 19 gamers triumph at that stage in 2023. The 31-year-old went on a late-season surge incomes titles in Stanford, Saint-Tropez and Alicante. Lestienne’s triumph in Alicante steered France away from Argentina’s then-record 23 Challenger titles, which was set final yr.

Constant Lestienne wins the Challenger 125 event in Stanford, California.

Constant Lestienne was the lone Frenchman to earn three Challenger titles in 2023. Credit: Lani-Rae Green
In southwest France, extra historical past was made in March when #NextGenATP star Luca Van Assche saved two championship factors towards countryman Ugo Humbert to win the Pau Challenger. Van Assche and Humbert battled for 3 hours, 56 minutes, marking the longest Challenger ultimate in historical past.

“It was a loopy match, an incredible battle,” Van Assche stated. “I’m very completely happy. Quite a lot of feelings throughout this match. I used to be main, then shedding. I used to be match level up, then match level down. It was a unbelievable match with nice assist from the gang.”

The following week, Benoit Paire captured his first title at any stage since 2019 when he gained the Puerto Vallarta Challenger. Paire returned to the winners’ circle in July, overcoming Gasquet within the San Benedetto Del Tronto Challenger ultimate.

Humbert’s standout season included two consecutive Challenger 175 titles. In Cagliari, Italy, the 25-year-old saved three match factors towards Taro Daniel in a four-hour, 13-minute quarter-final marathon en path to his first clay-court title.

“I’ll always remember this trophy as a result of I hate clay usually, by no means gained greater than two matches in a row on clay,” Humbert stated in his post-tournament press convention. “It feels unbelievable to have the trophy.”

The lefty then captured the BNP Paribas Primrose in Bordeaux, marking his return to the Top 40 for the primary time since 31 January, 2022. Humbert completed the season at a career-high No. 20.

Five #NextGenATP Frenchmen have been amongst these so as to add to their dwelling nation’s record-breaking season: Atmane, Cazaux, Fils, Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard and Van Assche. Arthur Weber turned the oldest participant to win a title in his Challenger debut in Zhuhai (31 years, eight months).

List Of French Challenger Champions In 2023
Constant Lestienne (Stanford, Saint-Tropez, Alicante)
Luca Van Assche (Pau, Sanremo)
Benoit Paire (Puerto Vallarta, San Benedetto Del Tronto)
Ugo Humbert (Cagliari, Bordeaux)
Hugo Grenier (Las Franquesas Del Valles, Pozoblanco)
Hugo Gaston (Iasi, Trieste)
Terence Atmane (Zhangjiagang, Guangzhou)
Arthur Cazaux (Nonthaburi)
Arthur Fils (Oeiras)
Gregoire Barrere (Quimper)
Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard (León)
Alexandre Muller (Montechiarugolo)
Quentin Halys (Blois)
Manuel Guinard (Troyes)
Arthur Rinderknech (Zug)
Arthur Weber (Zhuhai)
Ugo Blanchet (Malaga)
Kyrian Jacquet (Olbia)
Corentin Moutet (Helsinki)

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