‘This Kid Is a Brat’- Ben Shelton Haters Get the Perfect Opportunity to Spew Venom After the 21YO American’s ‘Humble’ Act

Published 10/22/2023, 11:05 AM EDT

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The 21-year-old American rising star in tennis, Ben Shelton is having a run of a lifetime this year. Shelton, who presently stands tall at a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 14, reached the semi-finals of the US Open a month back and now he has clinched his first ATP tour title! But again, with great success comes criticism. In Shelton’s case, it’s the haters who threw jabs at Bryan Shelton’s son, following a rather junior player’s banter against his Laver Cup adversary. 

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Ben Shelton had defeated Marcos Giron in the semifinals to secure his place in the finals of the Japan Open. But more than the victory, his “Humble & Hungry” signature on the camera caught the attention of his rival, Arthur Fils. A rivalry that started after Shelton defeated the French player in straight sets 7-6(4), 6-1 in Laver Cup hasn’t run out of steam yet, and fans are going nuts. 

Haters think Arthur Fils’ copying Ben Shelton is banter of the finest!

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Ben Shelton, the son of former tennis professional tennis player Bryan Shelton has been on the receiving end for quite some time because of his after-match reactions. Even the world number one didn’t leave a chance to mock this youngster. Let’s find out some reactions from the fans after his epic ‘Humble & Hungry’ remark. Shelton left a savage “Humble and Hungry” signature after defeating Aslan Karatsev at the Japan Open Final, clinching his first ATP tour title.

But again, it was Arthur Fils’ mimic act, copying his signature moment, that ignited brutal comments from the critics. As Twitter buzzed with all sorts of comments, here are some of the reactions where tennis fans called out Ben Shelton’s move for stating himself as ‘Humble’, nothing but hysterical.

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Another one brought back the memories of Novak Djokovic mocking Shelton after defeating him in the semis of the US Open. Bryan Shelton later lashed out at the world number one for mocking his son. The fans are expecting the same in Arthur Fils’ fate now.

Similarly, a user named Ilya Sandoval guessed Ben Shelton might be “insufferable” to be mocked by his playmates.

Some of them even wondered if everyone else saw him as a brat in the tennis world.

Others opinionated that it’s all about how others define a player, and Shelton calling himself ‘Humble’ doesn’t make him humble.

Some of them even went to the extent of predicting that Ben Shelton isn’t the favorite, even among the players.

Arthur Fils surely hasn’t digested the loss at the Laver Cup, and the battle between the two on the court will surely be interesting. While Shelton continues to work hard towards building his game, here’s some glimpse at his 19-year-old on-court rival.

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The Battle of Two Promising Youngsters, Shelton & Fils

Arthur Fils recently defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in Antwerp 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to seal his place in the finals of the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium. He is now the youngest player to reach the finals of the tournament. Fils will now face Alexander Bublik in the finals. But hold on, the battle on the other court is becoming more fierce than ever.

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After copying Shelton’s ‘Humble & Hungry’, Shelton throws down the gauntlet to the French in style after defeating Aslan Karatsev (7-5,6-1) in the finals of the Japan Open. Ben Shelton is now the youngest American to make a mark at Tokyo after a long gap of almost 22 years. Ben & Bryan are the only fourth father-son duo in the Open Era to win the ATP singles title. But keep these things aside, as Ben Shelton got back to Fils by signing “Show me something Arthur” at the camera. Surely the battle is far from over. Can Arthur Fils win the final and give a reply to the American? Nail Biting isn’t the worst of habits though.

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Sayantan Roy is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following tennis for almost 17 years. His sheer love and enthusiasm for the racket sport has been a major influence in him wanting to build a career in sports journalism.
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