Who is Ben Shelton? Everything You Need to Know About the Rising Tennis Star

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When thinking of the Australian Open and professional tennis in general, there are certain names that come to mind immediately such as Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

While Ben Shelton might not be the initial name that springs to one’s lips, he’s certainly a rising star worth watching in 2024 – and we’ve got everything you need to know.

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Who is Ben Shelton? 

Ben Shelton is a professional American tennis player who turned pro in 2022. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 9, 2002, he is currently 21 years old. 

What is Ben Shelton Ranked? 

Ahead of the Australian Open Ben Shelton is ranked 17 in the ATP Singles rankings. His career-high singles ranking was no. 15, which he achieved in October 2023. 

In August 2023 he also achieved a career-high ATO doubles ranking of no. 80. 

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Ben Shelton’s father is also his tennis coach! (Credit: Instagram)

Who is Ben Shelton’s Father? 

Ben Shelton’s father is Bryan Shelton, a former American college tennis coach and former professional tennis player. Now 58 and Ben’s coach, Bryan previously won two singles and two doubles ATP tour titles and reached the mixed doubles final at the 1992 French Open. 

Ben Shelton played tennis professionally after graduating in 1989 and reached a career-high ranking of no. 55 before retiring in 1997 and beginning a career as a tennis coach. 

Bryan and Ben aren’t the only tennis players in the family though – Bryan’s mother, Lisa was also a highly-ranked junior tennis player and his uncle Todd Witsken was a professional tennis player. Ben’s sister Emma is currently playing college tennis at the University of Florida. 

What racquet does Ben Shelton use? 

Ben Shelton, who is a left-handed player, is believed to use a Yonex EZONE 98 racket – a popular model that is used by many other professional tennis players including Nick Kyrigios and Naomi Osaka.

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Ben previously dated Anna Hall, however it’s believed they have since split. (Credit: Instagram)

How tall is Ben Shelton? 

Ben Shelton is 193 cm (6’4″). 

Is Ben Shelton single? 

In December 2021 Ben Shelton debuted his relationship with professional heptathlete Anna Hall via Instagram. Although the two remained quiet on any details of their relationship they did share a number of cute snaps together over the year and a half they were together. 

However, it is believed the couple have since split with Ben revealing he was single on the Tennis Unfiltered podcast with James Grey. 

Since then neither Anna nor Ben have confirmed or denied the news, however, they haven’t posted photos of each other for a while. 

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Ben Shelton is one to watch! (Credit: Instagram)

Is Ben Shelton in College? 

Ben Shelton attended the University of Florida as a finance major, playing college tennis for the Florida Gators. 

He attended the university for his sophomore year in 2021-22 and was slated to return for his junior year in 2022-23 to complete his finance degree, however, he announced he would instead pursue his professional tennis career and continue his college education online. 

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