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Ben Shelton’s Painful Shoulder and Slower Serve Speeds Harm Throughout a French Open Loss

Jean-Francois Badias Ben Shelton of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias) PARIS (AP) — Ben Shelton compared himself to a Major League Baseball left-hander after

Jean-Francois Badias Ben Shelton of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot against Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias) PARIS (AP) — Ben Shelton compared himself to a Major League Baseball left-hander after

Jean-Francois Badias

Jean-Francois Badias

Ben Shelton of the U.S. reacts after lacking a shot in opposition to Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime throughout their third spherical match of the French Open tennis match on the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2024. (AP Photograph/Jean-Francois Badias)

PARIS (AP) — Ben Shelton in contrast himself to a Main League Baseball left-hander after a painful shoulder prevented him from taking part in his finest in a 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 third-round loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime at the French Open that concluded on Saturday after being suspended an evening earlier because of rain.

“Felix simply performed method too properly at the moment. Even when I didn’t have no matter I had occurring, it will have been a troublesome one to get by means of, with the best way he was taking part in,” stated the Fifteenth-seeded Shelton, a 21-year-old American who reached the U.S. Open semifinals and Australian Open quarterfinals final yr.

“I simply really feel like a pitcher who’s thrown too many pitches, method over his pitch rely,” he stated. “A variety of rain delays. A variety of on and off. All people’s coping with it, not simply me.”

Shelton was down 5-4 within the opening set in opposition to No. 21 Auger-Aliassime at Court docket 14 on Friday evening when play was suspended. The resumption of the match on Saturday shifted to Court docket Suzanne Lenglen, certainly one of two arenas at Roland Garros with a retractable roof, permitting them to play whilst showers plagued the clay-court match for the fifth day in a row.

“Taking part in a set final evening with soaked balls, muddy balls, it form of simply, I suppose, aggravated my shoulder just a little bit,” Shelton stated. “However I went on the market and did what I might at the moment and gave 100%.”

His exit was adopted a number of hours later by that of one other American, No. 14 Tommy Paul, who was crushed by No. 23 Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. That left one U.S. man left within the bracket: No. 12 Taylor Fritz, who outlasted unseeded Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 5-7, 6-3 at evening to earn a debut look within the fourth spherical in Paris.

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Fritz, who has been to the quarterfinals at every of the opposite three majors, is the primary participant from his nation to succeed in the lads’s spherical of 16 at Roland Garros since 2020.

“With my seeding and the way I have been taking part in, I actually anticipate it. … It is, I suppose, an enormous reduction to get so far, as a result of it is one thing that I wished loads,” stated Fritz, who now meets No. 7 Casper Ruud, the runner-up on the French Open every of the previous two years.

It was clear through the restart of Shelton’s match that he was not in a position to produce his normal high-powered serves — even earlier than his left shoulder was massaged by a coach. Auger-Aliassime, a Canadian who bought to the U.S. Open semifinals in 2021, claimed Saturday’s preliminary 5 video games to shut out the opening set and lead 4-0 within the subsequent.

“I felt like my intentions had been clear, and my execution was proper, and I used to be in a position to do what I wished to do,” stated Auger-Aliassime, who now performs No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz, “and on the identical time, get free factors from his aspect and in a position to return his serve fairly properly.”

Shelton, in his second full season on the pro tour after successful an NCAA championship on the College of Florida, had just one ace during the last two units mixed, whereas his prime serve pace dropped considerably, going from 137 mph (221 kph) within the first set to 123 mph (199 kph) within the second.

He didn’t take into account retiring from the match, although.

“I imply, I might go on the market. I might play tennis. I might put the ball within the courtroom. Positive, I had just a little little bit of ache. However I’m going to go on the market and play. This sport is one the place you see that occur loads — matches cease — however until I can not stand up to the road and hit the ball within the courtroom, I am not going to cease, as a result of I am not going to remove from the man that I’m taking part in,” Shelton stated. “I don’t wish to take a win from him when it’s 100% a win he deserves. There needs to be no asterisk subsequent to this match. He went on the market and he beat me. It by no means went by means of my thoughts to cease.”

He doesn’t assume he’ll miss any motion due to the shoulder.

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Shelton nonetheless plans to enter the grass-court occasion at Stuttgart, Germany, that begins on June 10, as he begins preparation forward of Wimbledon.

“I’m not too fearful about this,” he stated. “When a pitcher goes over his rely, it isn’t like his season’s over. I’ll be again in Stuttgart.”

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