Tennis: Schwärzler gained first Challenger title in Skopje with 18

The 18-year-old from Vorarlberg, who has been primary within the junior world rankings since January, defeated the ten-year-older Czech Kamil Majchrzak 6:3,6:3 within the closing of the ATP Challenger in Skopje on Saturday, thus selecting up the winner’s verify in solely his eighth event at this degree.

From 664th place to the highest 400 on the planet

For Schwärzler, this implies an enormous soar within the ATP rankings. The teenager, a protégé of ÖTV sports activities director Jürgen Melzer, has improved from place 664 into the highest 400 and is predicted to seem round place 387. Schwärzler, who was born on January 27, 2006 in Sandton close to Johannesburg (RSA) to an Austrian father and a South African mom, and who speaks Afrikaans in addition to German and English, was protected in his first closing towards quantity 351. After 81 minutes, he transformed his fourth match level.

“It is actually cool”

“I am tremendous pleased to have my first title at this degree. It is actually cool, with out my crew and the arduous work it would not have been attainable,” stated Schwärzler, who was accompanied in Skopje by Gerald Melzer. At first of April, Schwärzler wasn’t within the high 1000, however now he is already within the high 400. “I’ve actually been taking part in at my degree extra persistently just lately than earlier than, however I have never develop into a greater tennis participant since April 1st.” However mainly he is nonetheless a good distance from his aim.

Coach Jürgen Melzer was additionally “extremely happy. A fantastic week that nearly needed to begin with a first-round defeat and ultimately he’s left with the winner’s trophy,” stated Melzer fortunately. The success can also be extremely necessary for Schwärzler’s rating and growth.

Schwärzler had already collected massive factors by reaching the quarter-finals of the Challengers in Tallahassee (Florida) and Mauthausen, however the 75 from Skopje topped all the things he had achieved to this point. Schwärzler, who trains within the southern a part of town, may also stay up for a verify for 10,200 euros.

As favourite for the French Open

He might quickly have to regulate his rating aim, as a result of he wished to be within the high 350 by the top of 2024. The left-hander has nearly achieved that now. By the way, he’ll return to junior degree the week after subsequent, as a result of he desires to compete within the French Open – the place his clear aim is to win the title. “I do know that I am stepping into as the favourite. It is a very clear aim to win the event.”


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