Schoolkate Soars To Guangzhou Challenger Title

Tristan Schoolkate (photo: Guangzhou Challenger)


Tristan Schoolkate has clinched the title of the 2024 Guangzhou Nansha International Challenger. The 23-year-old Australian defeated his compatriot and No. 3 seed of the $82,000 hard-court tournament, Adam Walton, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in Sunday’s singles final.

Schoolkate battled his way into the championship match with wins in the top half of the draw over Denis Yevseyev of Kazakhstan, eighth-seeded Italian Mattia Bellucci, Yu Hsiou Hsu of Chinese Taipei and No. 7 seed Maxime Cressy from the United States.

The World No. 241 fired 11 aces in the title match and won 81 per cent of his first-service points to seal victory in two hours and 11 minutes.

“We are very good friends. We know each others game very well. We have the same coach and it’s never easy to play against a friend,” Schoolkate said about playing against Walton.

“I have been working extremely hard. I think I deserved this title. I have improved a lot over the last year, in particular the last months. I am very happy the way I played in singles and doubles. I am happy with my stay here.”

Following two triumphs on the ITF World Tennis Tour, Schoolkate lifted his maiden trophy on the ATP Challenger Tour. He earned $11,200 in prize money as well as 75 ATP Ranking points.

The Perth native also triumphed in doubles alongside fellow Australian Blake Ellis. The pair beat No. 3 seeds Jisung Nam of South Korea and Finland’s Patrik Niklas-Salmi in Saturday’s final.

The ATP Challenger 75 event was held at the Guangzhou Nansha International Tennis Center. Guangzhou, located in southern China, is a vibrant metropolis known for its rich history, bustling markets, and modern skyline. As the capital of Guangdong province, Guangzhou is a major cultural and economic hub with a population of over 15 million people.

The city has a long history dating back over 2,000 years and has been an important trading port since ancient times. Today, it is a thriving center for commerce, manufacturing, and technology, attracting businesses and visitors from around the world.