Secret Behind Ben Shelton’s Peculiar Spanish Celebration Unveiled by His Former College Teammate

Published 12/20/2023, 7:53 AM EST

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Dialing up the delight, Ben Shelton turned a usual phone call gesture into an iconic act. Who would have thought that just a simple dialing gesture would create a buzz in the whole sporting arena? It all started during the US Open, but that’s not the only celebration he has been getting popular for. Other than that, his Spanish cheer-up has also grabbed a lot of attention. But do you know the secret behind his eye-catching celebrations?

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Well, recently, the backstory was revealed by his former college teammate, Andres Andrade, who shed light on how the “Vamos!” phrase is something he picked from his university peers.

The secret behind Ben Shelton’s Spanish celebration

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The 21-year-old American tennis star’s victory celebrations have taken center stage this year, whether it be him shouting a Spanish word loudly or doing a phone call action. While the reason behind his dial and celebration is quite clear, the secret behind his Spanish connection just got revealed.

Recently, in an interview with the ATP Tour, his former college teammate Andres Andrade revealed the “Vamos!” connection. He said, “He’s always said it. He copied it from some of us on the team who used to celebrate like that, and he’s said it ever since. It’s one of the few words he knows in Spanish.”  Andrade highlighted that the expression is something that truly goes back to the tennis sensation’s university tennis days.

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That being said, a few months ago Shelton also opened up about his other popular celebration: the “call me” gesture. Let’s take a look at what’s behind the signal that has got fans talking!

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Shelton’s idea behind his phone call celebration

While his Spanish celebration has a connection to his university days, the other celebration is connected to his love for football. During the US Open, in a press conference, he revealed the idea behind pulling the act after defeating Frances Tiafoe to reach his first Grand Slam semi-finals.

He stated, “.. see if they wanted to go outside and throw a football, that was what I did. But for me it’s kind of like I’m saying I’m dialed in.” He explained that the act of answering an old-school phone and then slamming it down indicates that he is into the game. The celebration became so popular that even Novak Djokovic copied it to celebrate his victory on the tennis court.

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Nevertheless, what are your thoughts on the Spanish celebration? Share your views in the comment section below.

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Watching the biggest sports events have been a part of my life right from my early childhood. Although I have grown up watching a variety of sports, including tennis, cricket, and esports, I have a special connection to tennis. Thus, when it came to building a career in sports journalism, I focused on the racket sport.
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