Grenier Crowned Champion At El Espinar Challenger

Hugo Grenier (photo: Open Castilla y León Villa de El Espinar)


Hugo Grenier was crowned champion of the 31st edition of the Open Castilla y León Villa de El Espinar. The No. 4 seed of the €67,960 ATP Challenger Tour hard-court tournament in Segovia, Spain defeated fellow Frenchman and second seed Constant Lestienne, winner of last week’s Open Ciudad de Pozoblanco, 7-5, 6-3 in Sunday’s singles final.

Grenier battled his way through the bottom half of the draw with wins over local wild card entry Alejandro Moro Canas, Germany’s Nicola Kuhn, eighth-seeded French Gregoire Barrere and fifth favourite Ugo Humbert from France.

On Pista Pedro Munoz, the World No. 131 sent down six aces in the championship match and won 71 per cent of his first-service points to prevail after one hour and 47 minutes.

“I am really happy to win here. Great victory,” Grenier said.

Following his maiden triumph on home soil in Roanne in November last year, Grenier lifted his second ATP Challenger Tour career trophy. The Montbrison native earned €9,200 in prize money as well as 90 ATP Ranking points.

Spaniards triumph in doubles

On Saturday, 21-year-old Nicolas Alvarez Varona and 19-year-old Inaki Montes-De la Torre captured the doubles title. The all-Spanish duo beat Benjamin and Courtney John Lock of Zimbabwe 7-6(3), 6-3 after one hour and 34 minutes.

Alvarez Varona and Montes-de la Torre claimed their maiden Challenger title. They split €3,950 in prize money and pocketed 90 ATP Doubles Ranking points.