"There isn't a better role model": Shelton excited about being coached by father after leaving Florida Gators

Sunday, 04 June 2023 at 07:00
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Ben Shelton shared that his father could join him as his coach.
The young American gained fame after his performance at the 2023 Australian Open, where he reached the quarterfinals in his first tournament outside of the United States. However, since his strong start at the first Grand Slam of the year, Shelton has struggled to achieve good results and was eliminated in the first round of the French Open by Lorenzo Sonego.
The disappointment at Roland Garros is not new, as since the Aussie Open, he has only won one match out of the seven he has played in Masters 1000 or Grand Slam tournaments.
The 20-year-old athlete shared an emotional post about his father Bryn Shelton's accomplishments as a collegiate coach and congratulated him on nearly 25 years of coaching young college tennis players.
"My dad retired from collegiate coaching today. Congrats on everything you've accomplished in your 24 years out there. This isn't a career that's defined by championships and accolades but by people impacted and lives changed," wrote Ben Shelton.
"There isn't a better role model for young men trying to find their way in life. The Gator Nation may have suffered a blow with this one, but we always bounce back," he added.
"That being said, the dream team is back together baby. Can't wait to have you out on tour with me and see what we can accomplish together," the American concluded.

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