Tommy Paul is the Oracle Challenger Series New Haven men’s singles champion. The American capped off a spectacular week in the Elm City with a commanding 6-3, 6-3 straight set victory over fellow compatriot Marcos Giron.
In the second final of the day at the Yale Tennis Center, Paul faced off against former Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells doubles champion and close friend Marcos Giron with the trophy on the line. While born and raised on opposite sides of the country, the pair have become close throughout their professional careers. Each are after the same goal, travelling from tournament to tournament looking for a breakthrough that can elevate them to the next level of the sport.
On a beautiful day in New Haven, it was Tommy Paul who rose to the occasion and captured one of the biggest breakthroughs of his career. Not only did he win his second Challenger title of 2019, but the victory marks the first time in his career that he will jump into the ATP Tour top-100. No small feat, Paul is clearly playing the best tennis of his career and one to watch out for throughout the rest of the year and beyond.
Before meeting Giron on Sunday, Paul took down a slew of other top Americans including Sekou Bangoura, Houston champion Bradley Klahn and veteran participant Noah Rubin. Even more impressive, he managed to triumph in each of those matches without dropping a single set. Safe to say, Paul has put the rest of the ATP Tour’s perennial contenders on notice with the run he’s continuing to put together.
After the match, the American acknowledged that his past matchups against Giron helped him prepare for this final. “He got me the last two times, so I couldn’t let that happen again. I didn’t like the way I played then and I remember those matches well. I spent all of last night watching his matches and making sure I was fully prepared.” Only fitting that Paul did his homework before a big test on the campus of Yale University.
When asked about any plans he had to celebrate the win, Paul dismissed the notion emphatically. “I’m just recovering and getting ready for my next tournament. I’m on the way to Cary, North Carolina tonight to start preparing for that event.”
Tommy Paul is all business this year, and will look to use his title in New Haven to continue his rise up the rankings.