Nick Kyrgios reveals Ben Shelton dream – ‘Serve is a rocket, reminds me of…’

Shahida Jacobs
Ben Shelton in action at the 2023 US Open
Ben Shelton serves at the 2023 US Open

Nick Kyrgios is backing Ben Shelton to win a Grand Slam, well was what his subconscious mind told him in a dream as he also hinted that the young American reminds him of himself.

Shelton broke through on the ATP Tour in 2022 when he surged nearly 500 places in the rankings to finish the year at No 97.

He carried that form over to the 2023 season as he reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open, which was only his fifth major main draw appearance, before losing to eventual winner Novak Djokovic.

In October he won his maiden singles title as he lifted the ATP 500 Japan Open trophy with the result pushing him to a new career-high of No 15.

Shelton’s big strength is his serve and he sent down a 147mph serve at the US Open while he also has a solid forehand and backhand.

He has been tipped to a great career, but Kyrgios’ subconscious has told him that Shelton will win a Grand Slam.

“I had a dream last night that Shelton won a slam… Is 2024 the year? Come to think of it, game is huge, serve is a rocket… Reminds me of…” he wrote on the social media platform X.

Nick Kyrgios's dream about Ben Shelton
Nick Kyrgios’s dream about Ben Shelton

Kyrgios was no doubt hinting that Shelton reminds him of himself as the Australian also has a “rocket” serve and that weapon has helped him to reach a Grand Slam final as he finished runner-up to Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2022.

However, the 28-year-old has had a nightmare season as he has struggled with injury and – as a result – dropped out of the ATP Rankings while his comeback date remains up in the air.

Meanwhile, Shelton finished the year at No 17 in the ATP Rankings and he admitted that his rise was “crazy”.

“It’s definitely not sunk in yet,” he told ATPTour.com back in October. “I think that when my season is over, I’ll have some time to think about everything that’s happened this year and kind of reflect on it. I’m just really enjoying the moment right now.”

He added: “I think that’s the craziest thing to think about, how far I’ve come. But it’s interesting that a lot of guys who where in a similar position to me last year, like Chris Eubanks or Aleks Vukic, have kind of had the same trajectory.

“They’re Top 50 now, so to be playing Challengers with all those guys last year and now we are at the point where we are playing a full ATP schedule, it’s something really cool that we share.”

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