There hasn’t been a more compelling story at this year’s US Open than that of 20-year-old Ben Shelton. Earning the well-deserved nickname “Box Office Ben,” Shelton’s meteoric rise can be attributed to his on-court enthusiasm, formidable serve, and signature telephone celebration, which he’s shared after each of his victories en route to the semifinals.
On a humid Wednesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Shelton once again rose to the occasion. In a historic moment, he became part of the first-ever US Open quarterfinal match between two Black American men and emerged victorious, defeating last year’s runner-up Frances Tiafoe in a thrilling 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 showdown. His next challenge in the semifinals, this Friday, is none other than the legendary Novak Djokovic.
Do you believe Ben Shelton has what it takes to win the US Open?