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First-time ATP singles title winners of 2019

Hubert Hurkacz in action at the 2019-Winston Salem Open.
Hubert Hurkacz in action at the 2019-Winston Salem Open.
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Hubert Hurkacz beat France's Benoit Paire to triumph in his first tournament final in Winston Salem and win his maiden singles title on the tour. However, the Pole is not the only player to reach the landmark this season. 13 other singles players have done so earlier in the year. It is the most number of first-time winners in a season since 15 players did so in 1999.

Let us have a look at the players to win their first singles title in 2019.


#1: Tennys Sandgren (Auckland)

Sandgren lifts his first title at Auckland.
Sandgren lifts his first title at Auckland.

Following a defeat in his first career singles final in Houston last year, 63rd-ranked Tennys Sandgren joined the winners' wagon by romping to his first title in Auckland, where he beat Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-2.

In the process, the 27-year-old American from Gallatin, Texas became the first first-time singles title winner of the season and ascended to a career-high world no. 41.

#2: Alex De Minaur (Sydney)

De Minaur lifts his first singles title at 2019 Sydney.
De Minaur lifts his first singles title at 2019 Sydney.

Alex De Minaur fell short in his first career singles final at his home town Sydney last year and was thwarted in another title match at Washington later in the year.

The 31st ranked Australian, though, went one better at his hometown tournament this year, beating Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6(5) in the final to open his singles titles account on the tour.

The 19-year-old De Minaur is the youngest first-time title winner on the singles circuit this season, and the youngest from his country to win a singles title since a 16-year-old Lleyton Hewitt triumphed in Adelaide in 1998.

With the win, De Minaur broke into the world's top-30 for the first time in his career, at no. 29.

#3: Juan Ignacio Londero (Cordoba)

Londero wins his first title in Cordoba
Londero wins his first title in Cordoba

112th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero followed his first tour-level match win at his hometown tournament of Cordoba by lifting the title against compatriot Guido Pella to script a fairy-tale triumph.

The wildcard recovered from a set and a break down to beat his more illustrious compatriot 3-6 7-5 6-1 as Pella lost for the fourth time in as many tournament finals.

In the process, the 25-year-old from Jesus Maria, Argentina, ascended over 40 places in the ATP rankings and broke into the world's top 100, at no. 69.

#4: Laslo Djere (Rio de Janeiro)

Djere wins his maiden title at Rio de Janeiro.
Djere wins his maiden title at Rio de Janeiro.

In a title match between two first-time finalists, 23-year-old Serb Laslo Djere beat 18-year old Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime 6-3 7-5 in the Rio de Janeiro final to become the fourth first-time title winner of the season.

The triumph helped the Serb climb from No. 90 and break into the top 50 at no. 37.

Among the season's first-time title winners, Djere is the only player to win his first title at an ATP 500 tournament, and climb the most places up the rankings (53) following his maiden title.

#5: Reily Opelka (New York)

Reily Opelka wins his maiden title in New York.
Reily Opelka wins his maiden title in New York.

In another ATP final between two first-time finalists, 89th-ranked American Reilly Opelka beat Canada's Brayden Schnur in a deciding set tiebreak 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) in the second edition of the ATP 250 New York Open.

The win made the 20-year-old American the tallest player (6' 11'') to win an ATP singles title, and ascend 33 places in the rankings to a career-high world no. 56.

#6: Radu Albot (Delray Beach)

Radu Albot becomes the first Moldovan title winner at Delray Beach.
Radu Albot becomes the first Moldovan title winner at Delray Beach.

In a pulsating near three-hour title match in Delray Beach, 82nd-ranked Radu Albot saved three championship points against Brit Daniel Evans before closing out a 3-6 6-3 7-6(7) win to register his maiden triumph on the ATP tour.

As Evans came up short for the second time in as many tournament finals, the 29-year-old Albot became the first Moldovan player to win an ATP singles title, in the process ascending 30 places to a career-high world. no. 52.

#7: Guido Pella (Sau Paulo)

Pella wins his first career singles title in Sau Paulo.
Pella wins his first career singles title in Sau Paulo.

Following four runner-up finishes in his four previous appearances in a tournament final, including one against compatriot Londero in Cordoba earlier in the season, 48th ranked Guido Pella became a singles title winner after beating Chilean Cristian Garin 7-5 6-3 in the Sau Paulo final.

It was fifth-time lucky for the 28-year-old Argentinian as he romped to his first career singles title without dropping a set, thereby moving up to a career-high ranking of world no. 34.

# 8: Cristian Garin (Houston)

Garin wins his first singles title in Houston.
Garin wins his first singles title in Houston.

After falling short in his first tournament final against Pella in Sau Paulo a few weeks earlier in the season, 22-year-old Cristian Garin lifted his first singles title in Houston by beating 19-year-old Norwegian Casper Ruud 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3 in the title match.

In the process, Garin became the first player from Chile to win a singles title since Fernando Gonzalez did so in 2009 at Vina del Mar. The win helped the 73rd-ranked Garin break into the world's top 50 for the first time, at no. 47.

# 9: Adrian Mannarino ('s-Hertogenbosch)

Mannarino wins his first singles title at 's-Hertogenbosch.
Mannarino wins his first singles title at 's-Hertogenbosch.

With six losses in his first six tournament finals, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino finally came good at the seventh time of asking, beating first-time finalist Jordan Thompson of Australia 7-6(7) 6-3 on the grass courts of 's-Hertogenbosch to land his first singles title.

The triumph ended the prospect of Mannarino equalling his compatriot Julien Benneteau's ignominious record of falling short in his first ten singles finals.

In the process, the 30-year-old Frenchman became the oldest first-time singles title winner this season and rose ten places to a career-high world no. 34.

#10: Taylor Fritz (Eastbourne)

Fritz hoists aloft his first singles trophy in Eastbourne.
Fritz hoists aloft his first singles trophy in Eastbourne.

Three years after being thwarted by Kei Nishikori in his first tournament final in Memphis, 21-year-old Taylor Fritz beat his compatriot Sam Querrey in straight sets 6-3 6-4 in the title match in Eastbourne to become the 10th player in 2019 to win his first career singles title.

Fritz's triumph made him the second player this season to win his maiden title on grass, following Frenchman Adrian Mannarino's triumph at 's-Hertogenbosch. In the process, the American ascended 11 places up the rankings to a career-high world no. 31.

# 11: Lorenzo Sonego (Antalya)

Sonego wins his first singles title in Antalya.
Sonego wins his first singles title in Antalya.

In the third ATP final of the season featuring two first-time finalists, 75th-ranked Lorenzo Sonego saved a championship point en route to beating Serb Miomir Kecmanovic 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 6-1 to lift his first career singles title on the grass courts of Antalya, Turkey.

In a rain-affected tournament, Sonego won two matches on the day to romp to his first title.

The 24-year-old from Torino, Italy, in the process, became the third player in the season to win his first title on grass, following Mannarino ('s-Hertogenbosch) and Fritz (Eastbourne). The title triumph helped Sonego break into the world's top-50 for the first time, at no. 46.

# 12: Nicolas Jarry (Bastad)

Jarry wins his first career singles title in Bastad.
Jarry wins his first career singles title in Bastad.

After falling short in his first two tournament finals in Sau Paulo (2018) and Geneva (2019) respectively, 23-year-old Nicolas Jarry followed Cristian Garin in becoming the second player from Chile to win a first career singles title this season, by beating Cordoba winner Juan Ignacio Londero 7-6(4) 6-4 in the Bastad final.

In the process, Jarry joined his grandfather Jaime Fillol Senior as ATP tour singles titlists and climbed 26 places in the ATP rankings to a career-high world no. 38.

#13: Dusan Lajovic (Umag)

Lajovic lifts his first career singles title in Umag.
Lajovic lifts his first career singles title in Umag.

Dusan Lajovic fell to Italian Fabio Fognini in his first tournament final at the Monte Carlo Masters earlier in the season.

But a maiden triumph did not take long in coming as the 29-year-old Serb beat Hungarian qualifier Attila Balazs 7-5 7-5 in the Umag final. The win helped Lajovic climb back into the world's top-30, at no. 26, three places shy of his career-high ranking of 23.

# 14: Hubert Hurkacz (Winston Salem)

Hurkacz wins his first career singles title in Winston Salem
Hurkacz wins his first career singles title in Winston Salem.

In his first tournament final, 41st-ranked Hubert Hurkacz beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3 6-3 to lift his first career singles title in Winston Salem.

In the process, the 22-year-old from Wroclaw became the first Polish player to win an ATP tour singles title since Wojtek Fibak's triumph in Chicago in 1982, and ascend to a career-high world no. 35.

Edited by S Chowdhury

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