Fomin Fabulous In Shymkent, Wins Maiden Challenger

Sergey Fomin (photo: KTF – Kazakhstan Tennis Federation


World No. 838 Sergey Fomin capped his dream week in Kazakhstan by winning the Shymkent Challenger 2. The 21-year-old qualifier from Uzbekistan defeated Dutch veteran Robin Haase 7-6(4), 6-3 in Saturday’s singles final of the $53,120 ATP Challenger clay-court event.

Fomin, who reached a career-high ranking of World No. 576 in January 2019 and appeared in his first main draw on the ATP Challenger Tour in three years, battled his way to the championship match through the top half with wins over Alibek Kachmazov from Russia, Germany’s Sebastian Fanselow, No. 4 seed Kaichi Uchida from Japan and last week’s Shymkent champion Emilio Nava from the United States.

Fomin, a winner of two titles on the ITF Pro Circuit, withstood seven aces in the final and broke Haase’s serve two times to secure victory in one hour and 35 minutes. By lifting his maiden Challenger trophy at Kazakhstan’s National Tennis Centre, the Tashkent native pocketed $7,200 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points. Fomin is projected to crack the Top 500 for the first time.


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Fayziev/Kalovelonis win maiden crowns

Later in the day, Sanjar Fayziev from Uzbekistan and Markos Kalovelonis of Greece captured the doubles title. The No. 2 seeds edged past Mikael Torpegaard from Denmark and Japanese Kaichi Uchida 6-7(3), 6-4, 10-4. The encounter lasted one hour and 35 minutes.

By winning their first Challenger team title Fayziev and Kalovelonis split $3,100 in prize money and earned 80 ATP Doubles Ranking points.