Alex Michelsen Makes ATP Masters 1000 Main-Draw Debut at Indian Wells

Alex Michelsen Makes ATP Masters 1000 Main-Draw Debut at Indian Wells

Alex Michelsen, a rising star in tennis, has come a long way since his first-round qualifying loss at Indian Wells last year. Now ranked in the Top 100, the 19-year-old American is making his ATP Masters 1000 main-draw debut at the BNP Paribas Open, where he won the Easter Bowl titles just two years ago.

Michelsen's journey to the top has been marked by hard work and determination. After a breakout summer in 2022, he reached an ATP final in Newport and won his maiden Challenger title in Chicago. In 2023, he continued to impress with a third-round showing at the Australian Open and his first Top 10 win in Los Cabos.

Reflecting on his connection to Indian Wells, Michelsen said, "It's everyone's favorite Masters 1000. I grew up very close to it, so being back here is incredible." He credits his experience playing in the California desert as a junior for helping him develop his game.

Michelsen's success on the court has not changed his off-court habits. He still enjoys sweets and watches a lot of tennis, both for fun and to study his opponents. He also values the camaraderie among the group of young players who qualified for the ATP NextGen Finals last year.

"Everyone you listed are all really good guys and it's a lot of fun," Michelsen said. "You can buddy up with them in the locker room and it's a lot of fun to be around those guys."

As he continues to rise in the rankings, Michelsen remains humble and approachable. He credits Ben Shelton as a role model, saying, "He's a very nice guy. Ever since I got Top 100 and I've been around him at the same events, he's been very kind, and so is his dad."

Michelsen's journey is a testament to the power of hard work and dedication. As he prepares for his main-draw debut at Indian Wells, he is excited to continue his rise in the sport and make a name for himself on the world stage.

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