Christopher Eubanks, playing in his first Tour final, powered his way to capture the Mallorca Open title at the ATP 250 event being played on the grass courts in Calvia on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
It means a lot of the hard work I've been putting in, the ups and downs throughout my career, it all is coming together now at this point in my career. Christopher Eubanks
The American 27-year-old, who saved five match points in his semi-final the previous day, took out Adria Mannarino of France, aged 35, in 62-minutes, 6-1 6-4.
On this occasion Eubanks didn’t face a break point as he hammered 11 aces past his final challenger who was chasing his third tile and second on grass.
With the victory, Eubanks who is currently ranked 77, should break into the top 50 for the first time in his career.
“It means the world. It just means the world, man,” Eubanks said in his post-match interview, later adding that his serve and the support of the spectators, where the basis of his success.
“It means a lot of the hard work I’ve been putting in, the ups and downs throughout my career, it all is coming together now at this point in my career. It’s just a testament to the hard work. Now I just want to keep working even harder to feel this feeling even more.”
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Eubanks is set to make his debut at The Championships next week when he opens against Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro but will now arrive in SW19 full of confidence following his grass court performances on the holiday island of Mallorca.
“To come into my first Wimbledon with my first ATP title is something that if you had told me when I showed up last Thursday that it would happen, I probably wouldn’t have believed you,” he said. “But here I am standing here today and I’m looking forward to getting out there on Tuesday.”
Disappointment for Mannarino but the Frenchman will be satisfied that his own ranking will also improve following his run, from 43 to 35 making him the highest French player in the world rankings.