After an outstanding start to the season in which he reached the final of one of the ITF by LG tournaments held at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, Abdullah Shelbayh has continued his rise by breaking new records early in 2023.


Abdullah, who last summer made history by becoming the first Jordanian player to reach the semi-finals of an ATP Challenger tournament at the Rafa Nadal Open by Sotheby’s International Realty, has once again demonstrated that the sky is the limit.


On a historic day in Manama, the 19-year-old Jordanian defeated world No. 79 Jason Kubler 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (2) in the quarter-finals of the Challenger event in Bahrain, making him the first player from Jordan in the history of tennis to defeat a player in the top 100 of theATP ranking. The win, which came after 3 hours of tennis, earned him a place in the semi-finals, where he also proved too strong for Italian player Salvatore Caruso, whom he beat 7-5, 6-2. This result meant that the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar student became the youngest Arabic player in history to reach a final of this stature and the first from Jordan to play for a trophy of this magnitude.


Although he lost the final to Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-1, 6-4, the experience he has earned is invaluable and the points won have enabled him to climb 123 places in the ATP Ranking to No. 276 in the world.


Now, accompanied by his coach James Allemby, Abdullah Shelbayh will travel to Doha to play in his first ATP 250 tournament, where in the first round he will meet Korean player Soon Woo Kwon, who currently occupies No. 63 in the world. It is another challenge that will certainly help him continue to dream of new achievements.


Would you like to find out more about Abdullah Shelbayh? Don’t miss the “Rafa Nadal Academy” documentary on MOVISTAR and AMAZON PRIME!


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