Arthur Fils has consolidated his fifth-placed position in the Pepperstone ATP Live Next Gen Race after recent clay-court success.
The 18-year-old, who is aiming to make his debut at the Next Gen ATP Finals, defeated Top 100 Frenchmen Gregoire Barrere and Quentin Halys en route to the quarter-finals at the ATP Challenger Tour 175 event in Aix-en-Provence. He then advanced through qualifying and reached the second round at an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time in Rome.
Pepperstone ATP Live Next Gen Race
1) Carlos Alcaraz
2) Holger Rune
3) Lorenzo Musetti
4) Ben Shelton
5) Arthur Fils
6) Luca Van Assche
7) Flavio Cobolli
8) Dominic Stricker
Frenchman Fils, currently on 431 points, is competing this week on home soil at the ATP 250 in Lyon, where he is in the second round.
Ben Shelton remains fourth in the Live Next Gen Race on 545 points. The American’s best result on clay this season came at a ATP Challenger Tour event in Cagliari, where he advanced to the semi-finals.
The 20-year-old, who also earned tour-level wins on the surface in Estoril and Barcelona, is aiming to make his debut at the 21-and-under event.
Luca Van Assche, Flavio Cobolli and Dominic Stricker currently sit sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Frenchman Van Assche (390 points) has won two Challenger Tour titles this season, while Italian Cobolli (243) reached the quarter-finals at the Challenger Tour 175 event in Turin this month.
The 20-year-old Stricker (230 points) is aiming to make his second appearance at the 21-and-under event this year, having advanced to the semi-finals in Milan last year. The Swiss star captured his second Challenger Tour trophy of the season in Prague in May.