Tennis: Constant Lestienne resumes his ascent, in California

The Amiénois qualified for the quarter-finals, where he will face Evans, world No. 25.

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Amiénois Constant Lestienne had a quick summer with many victories on the Challenger circuit, the ATP D2. This allowed him to join the world Top 100 for the first time in his career, at the age of 30!

But he also had a disappointment at the US Open, eliminated in qualifying by another Frenchman, Geoffrey Blancaneaux.

However, his ranking (76th) now opens the doors to the ATP circuit and he is determined to take advantage of it at the end of the season. He therefore chose to return to the United States, to play this week in the tournament in San Diego, California. A daring choice but which seems to pay since here he is in the quarter-finals.

In the first round, Lestienne eliminated the great American hope Brandon Holt (215th) 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. And this Thursday evening, in the 2nd round, he largely dominated the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo (70th) 6-1, 6-3.

Enough to afford an ATP quarter-final this Friday evening, where the task will be much tougher against the headliner of the tournament, the Briton Daniel Evans, 25th in the world. A player he met in 2019, narrowly losing to Quimper, but the level of the two had nothing to do.

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