BEN Shelton has taken the tennis world by storm thanks to a stunning run at the Australian Open.
The 20-year-old entered the tournament ranked 89th in the world, with just one previous Grand Slam appearance to his name.
Shelton is sponsored by New Balance, Yonex, and On[/caption]
He and Hall have been together for just over a year[/caption]
Now, with wins against Zhang Zhizhen, Nicolás Jarry, Alexei Popyrin, and J.J. Wolff to his name, he has booked himself a quarter-final slot against fellow American, Tommy Paul.
And watching and supporting him from afar, is his 21-year-old girlfriend, Anna Hall.
A Colorado native, Hall was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Outdoor National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year and made the All-SEC Indoor First Team as well as the All-SEC Outdoor Second Team in 2022 alone.
With two golds to her name last year in the heptathlon and the pentathlon for the Gators, Hall has also broken into the U.S. National Team winning gold at the 2019 Pan American U20 Athletics Championships, and a bronze at the 2022 World Athletics Championships.
However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Hall.
A collision with a hurdle during the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials not only ended her hopes of making it to Tokyo but also left her with a broken bone in her left foot.
Thankfully, it seems this proved nothing more than a minor speedbump in her promising career, as she went on to enjoy a career season in 2022.
And by her side throughout was fellow-Gator, Shelton.
The two became a couple toward the end of 2021, with Hall first posting a photo of the two together in December, and Shelton celebrating their first anniversary in November 2022.
Both are active on Instagram, however, with a career as nomadic as that of a professional athlete, they rarely post shots together – presumably because they’re on the road.
The couple is clearly very supportive of each other’s athletics careers, reposting shots of one another on their stories.
Following his most recent win, Hall posted a video of Shelton celebrating his win with the caption “so much [heart emoji] from this kid”
Hall stayed up until the early hours of the morning to watch Shelton’s latest triumph[/caption]
Shelton’s only prior Grand Slam experience came during last year’s U.S. Open when he was knocked out in the first round[/caption]
Hall is sponsored by Adidas[/caption]
She won a bronze at her first senior competition for team U.S.A. last year[/caption]