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Playing first ever match outside US, Shelton upsets seventh seed Baez in Auckland

The American will face Frenchman Quentin Halys in the next round

Ben Shelton at the 2023 ASB Classic in Auckland Ben Shelton at the 2023 ASB Classic in Auckland Image Credit: Photosport / Panoramic

Prior to his trip to Australia, American Ben Shelton had never travelled outside the United States. On Tuesday, Shelton won his first ever match outside his country with a first round victory at the ASCB Classic in Auckland.

Shelton, who turned pro only late last year, reached the second round in Auckland Open with an upset over Argentinian Sebastian Baez, the No 7 seed, 7-6 (1), 6-1 on Tuesday.

The American, aged 20 and ranked No 92, will play Frenchman Quentin Halys next.

Auckland ATP 250, other first-round results (ASB Tennis Centre, hard, most recent results first):

  • Quentin Halys beat Alex Molcan: 6-3, 6-4
  • Jiri Lehecka (Q) beat Thiago Monteiro (Q): 6-3, 7-5
  • Christopher Eubanks (Q) beat Ugo Humbert (WC): 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3)
  • Marcos Giron beat Federico Coria (LL): 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5
  • Gregoire Barrere (Q) beat John Isner (6): 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-3
  • J.J. Wolf beat Adrian Mannarino (8): 6-4, 7-6 (4)
  • Richard Gasquet beat Kiranpal Pannu (WC): 6-3, 6-1
  • Jenson Brooksby beat Fabio Fognini: 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-3
  • David Goffin beat Alexander Bublik (5): 6-3, 6-4
  • Constant Lestienne beat Pedro Cachin: 6-3, 6-1
  • Jaume Munar vs. Laslo Djere
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