Hugo Gaston couldn’t wipe the smile off his face if he tried upon his arrival on the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals.
The Frenchman was thrilled to be in Milan for the 21-and-under season finale. However the 21-year-old lefty, who was the final participant to earn his place within the area, was over the moon following per week in Paris he’ll always remember.
The house favorite reached his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final on the Rolex Paris Masters, the place he certified with wins towards two-time main finalist Kevin Anderson and fellow Milan competitor Lorenzo Musetti earlier than eliminating Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech, former Prime 10 star Pablo Carreno Busta and Carlos Alcaraz, the highest seed this week in Milan.
“It was a tremendous week for me, to play towards the actually, actually good gamers,” Gaston advised ATP Media. “It’s at all times totally different once we play at house. The environment was simply superb. The group was simply superb for me.”
Gaston’s surge has definitely garnered loads of consideration. On Sunday’s Media Day on the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals, the World No. 67 spent practically an hour and a half chatting with media from a number of international locations and mediums, together with written press, tv broadcasters, French radio and social media.
“I’m fairly blissful to be right here with the most effective youthful gamers on the planet. For me, that’s a very good likelihood, to play towards them,” Gaston mentioned. “After all I’m actually blissful about my yr, as a result of I’m right here. That’s a very nice yr for me and I’m going to benefit from the second this week.”
The Toulouse-born lefty is an easygoing man who’s blissful to debate greater than tennis, too. On one cease of his media circuit, he confirmed a social media workforce an image he had of his buddy’s rugby jersey. The 21-year-old by no means performed the game critically, however his father, Thierry, did when he was youthful.
Gaston laughs when recalling that one among his greatest needs is that he may very well be taller — he stands 5’8” — however the Frenchman by no means lets that hassle him. Within the days of massive serving and monstrous forehands, Hugo finds different methods to win, and he by no means backs down from a problem.
That’s precisely what he’ll get this week in Group B towards Parma champion Sebastian Korda, house favorite Lorenzo Musetti and Argentine Sebastian Baez.
“The primary aim for me right here is to take a number of enjoyable on courtroom, as a result of we’re fortunate to play this type of occasion,” Gaston mentioned. “For me, it’s a [great] likelihood [just] to be right here. After all I’m going to attempt to win each match. It’s going to be arduous, however we are going to see.”