As another week of ATP action drew to a close yesterday, it became increasingly clear that all three tournaments were going one way as Ben ‘The Mountain Shelton, Gael ‘La Monf’ Monfils and Alexander ‘Bublik Enemy’ Bublik completed a remarkable UTS ‘Grand Slam’ sweep of the week’s ATP titles.
The Mountain’s victory came first, as he defeated Aslan Karatsev in the final of the Japan Open to clinch his maiden ATP title in his very first tour-level final.
Shelton now owns a 2-0 lead over Karatsev in their career head-to-head, having beaten the Russian in the third round of the US Open this summer.
The Mountain also became the youngest player to triumph in Tokyo since then 20-year-old Lleyton Hewitt won there back in 2001.
The Bublik Enemy then came through a spirited effort from talented young Frenchman Arthur Fils to win his third career title at the European Open in Antwerp.
Perhaps most impressive of all, however, was veteran Frenchman and UTS legend La Monf fighting back from a set down to defeat the impressive Pavel Kotov in the Stockholm Open final. With it, Monfils won his 12th ATP career title and became the oldest ever champion at the Stockholm Open at age 37.
All three players are seasoned UTS competitors. But only La Monf has so far qualified for the UTS Grand Final, which will take place from December 15th – 17th, at ExCeL London.
As La Monf is playing in Seoul, he cannot be overhauled in the UTS rankings race and has therefore confirmed his participation in London.
But it is still all to play for with the eight remaining UTS players competing for the final three places in the Grand Final.
Bublik Enemy is currently ranked 10th in the UTS race ranking, while The Mountain is 8th.