Rising American star Ben Shelton, 19, has announced that he has decided to forgo the last two years of college and turn professional. Shelton, the reigning 2022 NCAA singles champion, has had several notable results this summer and feels it’s time for him to turn pro.
This summer, Shelton finished runner-up at the Rome and Chicago Challengers, while reaching the semifinals at the Challenger events in Little Rock and Indianapolis. Shelton also enjoyed success at the main level this summer when he reached the last 16 of the Cincinnati Masters as a wild card last week.
In Cincinnati, Shelton defeated Lorenzo Sonego in his first match before upsetting 2022 French Open finalist Casper Ruud in his next match. Following his results this summer, Shelton climbed to No. 171 in the world.
Shelton: It’s not an easy decision, but I’ve decided to go pro.
«After sitting down with my parents this weekend, I decided to give up my last two years of eligibility and turn pro.
While this was not an easy decision, I am excited for the next chapter in my career. I want to thank the University of Florida for two amazing years. It has been a once in a lifetime experience being a part of the Florida Family and competing for the National Championships.
There are memories that I will cheer up forever. I have made brothers for life. I am grateful for my teammates, coaches and supporters at UF who have been there for me throughout my college career and helped me become the person I am today.
I would also like to thank my family, who have always taught me to believe in God and in myself, while pushing me to maintain balance in everything I do. God is good.»
The next step for Shelton is the US Open. Shelton, who was awarded a wild card into the US Open main draw, will make his Grand Slam debut next week.