Ben Shelton explains the reason for opting the ‘All Business’ celebration after ditching the ‘phonecall’ following his maiden Tour title

Ben Shelton won his maiden tour-level title in Japan.


Ben Shelton explains the reason for opting the ‘All Business’ celebration after ditching the ‘phonecall’ following his maiden Tour title

Ben Shelton (Image via Sporting News)

American teen tennis sensation Ben Shelton has risen to the ranks in a very short time. The 20-year-old has made a name for himself not just for his bullet serves but also for his unique celebrations. While he made headlines for his ‘dialed-in’ celebration and also a tussle with Novak Djokovic on the same, Shelton grabbed eyeballs with his ‘All Business’ celebration after winning his maiden ATP title. 

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As the American beat Aslan Karatsev in the Japan Open to win his first-ever tour-level title, Shelton came up with a different celebration. He pretended to fix his tie and carry a briefcase after shaking hands with the chair umpire. This sparked curiosity among the fans for the reason behind such a celebration. 

Shelton answered it for those during his post-match press conference. The 20-year-old revealed that it was suggested by one of his friends on the tour- Mackenzie McDonald.

This week, one of my friends- Macki McDonald was telling me about that ‘Yeah man if you win, you should be doing this celebration where you are fixing your tie and your suit and holding your briefcase like it’s all business’. So, I did a bit that. 
The American explained in a post-match conference 

Ben Shelton is indeed All Business!

While Ben Shelton might have attracted some criticism initially for being ‘too arrogant’ to not acknowledge Novak Djokovic, the 20-year-old is winning over the tennis fans with his performances. Shelton has been dishing out some really good performances back-to-back and the title win in Japan was just the cherry on the top.

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Ben Shelton with his Japan Open title (Image via The Independent)

He has won 26 matches so far in 2023. His notable wins on the tour have been against Italian ace Jannik Sinner and Frances Tiafoe. Although Shelton started the season with a series of defeats and early exits, the quarterfinal qualification at the Australian Open was a great achievement for the 20-year-old. In the following tournaments, Shelton had mixed performances.

Nevertheless, the American brought out his A-game at the year’s last Grand Slam which was also his home slam- the 2023 US Open. Shelton made it to the semifinals with some comprehensive wins. On his Asian swing debut, Shelton made it to the quarterfinals in Shanghai and won a title in Japan.

These wins helped him to break into the top 15 in the rankings. If he manages to pull off some more incredible wins, the 20-year-old might even qualify for the ATP Finals in Turin.

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