Atlanta-born Christopher Eubanks’s breakthrough season sees him heading into the U.S. Open, looking to build upon his run of form at Flushing Meadows, where he is playing his first-rounder on Monday.
Ranked at World No. 30 and back on a home court in New York this week, Christopher Eubanks is confident to continue delivering his best level on the world tennis stage on Monday, when he faces unseeded Soonwoo Kwon in the first round of the U.S. Open.
Making his way as a professional tennis player has tested the 27-year-old American resilience and passion for the sport. Not every day a player becomes a Top-100 without having any ATP titles on his bag.
But in 2023, the man who turned pro in 2017 also turned the tables, climbing up from World No. 123 in January to reach a career-high No. 29 in the ATP Rankings late in July after making it through the last eight at the Atlanta Open, his home tournament.
Previously, his deep run at Wimbledon, which he entered with only two Slam victories under his name, put him in the spotlight, and he embraced the moment, delivering stunning performances in the process.
On Wimbledon debut, he took by storm top players, stunning 12th seed Cameron Norrie and earning his first Top 10 win over Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to his first career quarterfinal at a Grand Slam, falling in a thrilling five-setter to World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev.
In addition, he broke a 31-year-old record for most winners hit during a single year at the Championships with 321, held by former world number one Andre Agassi.
He landed on British soil fresh off a perfect week at the Mallorca Championships, where he achieved a huge milestone, capturing his first ATP Title by outlasting in-form Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to lift the trophy at the ATP 250 event contested on grass.
Following his triumph in Mallorca, which he claimed just two months after breaking into the Top 100 for the first time, he cracked into the Top 50, becoming the new World No. 43.
In the lead-up to the U.S. Open, the 28th seed at Flushing Meadows has received massive support from the fans, as from fellow compatriot Coco Gauff when they practiced at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the biggest tennis stage in the world.
Last season, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center saw Frances Tiafoe shining bright, becoming the first black American man to reach the semifinals since Arthur Ashe.
This year, Eubanks joins the Americans, playing at his best, ready to showcase his power and relentless energy as a captivating determination to win.
The path to winning ways began last March in Miami, progressing from qualifying to a maiden Masters 1000 quarterfinal, setting a meeting with eventual champion Medvedev.
The remarkable season of a man who embodies the drive to continue to chase his dreams even when the results escape him is not a result of a young gun who pulls off a surprise win but a professional tennis player who has been working hard to achieve his goals.
Ahead of the fourth and final major, he will have plenty of opportunities to continue developing the level of tennis he has found with the consistency once lacking.
The U.S. Open is being held from August 28 to September 10.