Roger Federer-Backed Ben Shelton Issues Stern Warning to Haters as He Takes Giant Leap From US Open to Laver Cup -‘Why Did You Take Him?’

Published 09/21/2023, 2:41 AM EDT

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This is perhaps the ideal time for American tennis fans to look forward to the future with hope as a number of young stars are rising up the ranks in both the ATP and WTA tours. After an incredible performance at the recently concluded US Open, 20-year-old Ben Shelton is certainly the newest addition to this list.

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His impressive run of form has earned him a spot at the upcoming Laver Cup as part of Team World and he is as ready as he has ever been. The feisty youngster is mighty elated to have proven his mettle on the big stage. With lots of momentum by his side heading into the Laver Cup, Shelton has hit out at all the haters who didn’t have high hopes for him. Here’s what he had to say.

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Twenty-year-old ATP ace Ben Shelton is all pumped up to appear in his first-ever Laver Cup as part of Team World, scheduled to begin on September 22. Beaming with confidence, Sheldon looks to make a mark and help his team secure victory over Team Europe for 2 consecutive years.

As reported by Eurosport, Shelton took a dig at all his critics and expressed satisfaction for proving them wrong. “You know, when the announcement first came out, I see all these comments on Instagram, ‘Oh, oh, why did you take him? Why? Why this guy?… Coming into the US Open it was like, ‘OK, I really have something to prove’. I wanted to show people that maybe I deserved to be on the team or the people who said that I didn’t, kind of prove them wrong.. I had a pretty good run here, and I’m happy that hopefully I was able to prove a few people wrong”, he said.

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Ben Shelton has shown immense potential on the tennis court during the US Open, where he reached all the way to the semifinals before being knocked out by eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

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 Despite being a Roger Federer fanboy, Shelton has recently revealed that he follows a certain quality of Djokovic which might have led to his newfound success.

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What Shelton learned from Novak Djokovic

The young American has been very open about his admiration for Roger Federer. Shelton grew up idolizing the Swiss maestro. However, in a recent interview with GQ, the 20-year-old admitted that there is one quality of his idol’s rival Novak Djokovic that he tries to incorporate in his own game – the Serb’s ability to thrive under adverse situations and turn all the negativity and hatred around him into a drive to win and achieve more accolades.

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This very well explains Ben Shelton’s explosive response to all his critics. The art of silencing your haters is certainly one thing that must be learned from Novak Djokovic!

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Prithviraj Roy is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. With an academic background in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), he has more than 2 years of experience as a Content Writer. Prithviraj has been a die-hard fan of the 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal since his childhood years.
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