Ben Shelton shared an adorable moment with fellow tennis player and colleague Taylor Townsend’s son. The 3-year-old was seen sitting on his mother’s lap and interacting with Shelton. He fist-bumped the child and showed him his pair of sunglasses.

The United States Tennis Association shared a video of the interaction on social media.

“Take your child to work day, @billiejeankingcup style!” the USTA captioned an Instagram post. The organization referenced the “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day” event, which occurs on the fourth Thursday of April.


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Shelton and Towsend have competed together in the past. They reached the mixed doubles semifinal during the 2023 US Open.

Since then, Shelton has had a meteoric rise within the sport. He started the 2023 season at No. 96 in the world and reached a new milestone this week. At 21 years old, Shelton is now the highest-ranked American male tennis player in the world. He is currently ranked at No. 14 in this week’s ATP rankings.