Gaston Crowned Lyon Challenger Champion

Hugo Gaston (photo: Antoine Merlet)

LYON/STARNBERG, June 17, 2024

Hugo Gaston was crowned champion of the eighth edition of the Open Sopra Steria. The ATP Challenger Tour clay-court even was held at the Tennis Club de Lyon, in France’s third-largest city.

Top seed Gaston emerged victorious from the all-French battle with No. 2 seed Alexandre Muller, winning 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in Sunday’s singles final. The 23-year-old Toulouse native sent down three aces and won 71 per cent of his first-service points. Gaston broke his compatriot’s serve four times to triumph after one hour and 51 minutes.

“It’s always good to win a tournament,” Gaston, who fought his way into the championship match with wins over Daniel Rincon from Spain, Frenchman Clement Tabur, Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia and his compatriot Kyrian Jacquet.

“Yesterday, it was my most complete match of the week. Today, there were some very good moments and some really bad ones, like a roller coaster. You have to know how to win matches even when you’re not feeling your best. I’m happy to win the title.”

By winning his fourth ATP Challenger Tour career crown, his first of the season, Gaston collected €16,550 in prize money as well as 100 ATP Ranking points.