Ben Shelton withdraws from 2023 Dallas Open after whirlwind Australian Open run

Ben Shelton was one of the big surprises of the Australian Open 2023.The 20-year-old reached the quarterfinals of the major in his first championship outside the United States

The American played 5 matches in Australia and achieved victories against players like the Chilean Nicolas Jarry, local Alexei Popyrin and his compatriot J.J. Wolf. He was eliminated by Tommy Paul in the last eight. After breaking into the Top 50 for the first time in his career, he decided to take a break and withdrew from the next Dallas Open, ATP 250 tournament.

The Australian Open meant a jet lag for the young player, so he will not participate in the championship that begins on February 6. Shelton took to Twitter to comment: “Just made it home. Let the jeet lag begin.”

The demanding schedule of the ATP usually makes the top ranked players decide to take a few weeks off when there are minor tournaments and be in better shape for the big championships. Shelton's quick outburst will likely change the schedule he envisioned at the start of the season.

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