Teenager Arthur Fils wins title in French Open tuneup

LYON, France -- Arthur Fils, an 18-year-old from France, won his first ATP title Saturday by beating Francisco Cerundolo 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon.

"I will remember this forever," Fils said.

He is the youngest champion on the men's tennis tour in 2023 and earned a spot in the Top 100 for the first time -- just one of two teenagers in that elite group as the start of the French Open arrives Sunday at Roland Garros in Paris.

At No. 112 entering the clay-court event in Lyon, Fils became the lowest-ranked player to win an ATP trophy this season.