It was one hell of a day at Melbourne Park where the 2024 Australian Open is currently underway. One of the men’s draw games for viewers across the world today was the Round 3 game – Adrian Mannarino vs Ben Shelton. It was the French #20 seed taking on the young blood, Shelton from USA, seeded #16 in this competition in Australia.
Everyone expected Shelton to cruise through, especially since Mannarino came into this game on the back of two 5-set games in this tournament already. The body must’ve been hurting and that was evident as he went down 1-2 sets. However, he brought his best game for the last couple of sets to get past Shelton in a 4.5+ hour game, which ended with the French tennis player progressing.
Mannarino shares tequila as his success recipe!
He told the interviewer and organisers before his Round 3 game that if he wins, he doesn’t want to be told who he will be playing in the next round. The interviewer respected and honoured that, but he had many questions, specifically on the fact that he’s managed to win three consecutive 5-set games in this Aus Open 2024 so far.
In fact, he threw a stat at the Frenchman saying that he had won more 5-set games after turning 34 years old, than he did in his entire career prior to that. “What’s the key?” he asked. Mannarino took his time before coming up with a quirky reply, telling everyone, “I started tequila,” and the interviewer along with the crowd burst in laughter and a round of applause.
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He took down Stan Wawrinka in Round 1 and then Jaume Munar in Round 2. Today was his first seeded opponent of the competition and he came out on top once again. Next, he faces the best in the business, seed #1 Novak Djokovic in Round 4 of the Australian Open 2024. Surely, that tequila will be needed to wind down before that crucial game in two days time.
Q: ‘You’ve won more titles after your 34th birthday than before, what’s the key…?’
Mannarino: ‘I started tequila’ 😂 pic.twitter.com/858DtFWpqX
— Bastien Fachan (@BastienFachan) January 19, 2024
So in case you were thinking there’s a whole workout and therapy after the game, you were wrong. Mannarino confirmed that tequila helps and given his game at the age of 35 years, he should totally stick to it as well. He said it helps him not to think too much, which can happen during such intense tennis tournaments. Here’s a look at the winning moment in his topsy turvy match-up against Ben Shelton, as posted by the official Aus Open handle on X:
Take a bow, Mannarino ✨
Adrian Mannarino wins in five thrilling sets against Ben Shelton to move into the fourth round, 7-6(4) 1-6 6-7(2) 6-3 6-4 🥵#AusOpen • #AO2024 pic.twitter.com/X0M4RGFGDa
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2024
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