Back in February of 2013 Aleksandar Vukic competed in his first ATP Challenger event as a qualifier. Ranked at no. 1776 he lost to Jonathon Cooper.
Now at 27, and just over 10 years later Vukic has won the Busan ATP Challenger title to now sit at no. 101 in the live rankings. The Australian started the week ranked at no. 127.
The title is Vukic’s second from seven finals appearances.
In 2023 Vukic had lost in the Seoul Challenger tour final and in 2022 he lost the Champaign and Calgary Challenger tour finals, 2021 a loss in the final at Champaign and Charlottesville. Back in 2020 he lost his first ever Challenger final in Monterrey.
Vukic’s first title came at Bengaluru in February 2022.
Facing fellow-Australian Max Purcell in the Busan final it was Vukic who took the opening set 6-4.
Purcell has been in red-hot form in 2023 on the Challenger Tour collecting several titles as he smashed his way into the top-100.
The final didn’t end the way either player would have wanted it. Purcell injured his ankle and was forced to retire at 0-1 in the second set.
Vukic will be aiming to break into the top-100 when he competes at the Challenger tournament in Oeiras, Portugal. He is drawn to play local wildcard Frederico Ferreira Silva in the opening round.