Griekspoor Captures Maiden Challenger Title In Blois

Scott Griekspoor and Felix Auger-Aliassime (photo: Kévin Verneau)

BLOIS, June 25, 2018

Scott Griekspoor had just one match win at ATP Challenger level in the past two years, entering the clay-court event in France this week. Now, the 27-year-old Dutchman has become the champion of the 17th edition of the €43,000 Internationeaux de Tennis de Blois.

Griekspoor defeaeted No. 5 seed Félix Auger-Aliassime of Canada in Sunday’s singles final 6-4, 6-4. The World No. 282 saved seven of the eight break points he faced and converted three of his own to seal victory in one hour and 52 minutes.

By lifting his maiden title on the ATP Challenger Tour, Griekspoor takes away €6,190 in prize money as well as 80 ATP ranking points. He rises 66 spots to a career-high No. 216 in the ATP Rankings.

On Saturday, Fabricio Neis of Brazil and Spaniard David Vega Hernandez took the doubles title. The unseeded duo fought past No. 3 seeds Cheng-Peng Hsieh of Taipei and Rameez Junaid from Australia 7-6(4), 6-1. The encounter lasted one hour and 15 minutes.