Taylor Fritz

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Taylor Fritz
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Fritz at the 2016 US Open
Full name Taylor Harry Fritz
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Palos Verdes, California, U.S.
Born (1997-10-28) October 28, 1997 (age 20)
Rancho Santa Fe, California, U.S.
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro 2015
Plays Right-handed (two handed-backhand)
Coach David Nainkin &
Paul Annacone
Prize money US$1,173,448
Singles
Career record 37–40 (48.05%)
Career titles 0
3 Challengers
Highest ranking No. 53 (29 August 2016)
Current ranking No. 65 (23 July 2018)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2016, 2017)
French Open 1R (2016, 2018)
Wimbledon 2R (2018)
US Open 2R (2017)
Doubles
Career record 4–12
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 231 (3 October 2016)
Current ranking No. 407 (16 April 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 1R (2018)
Wimbledon 2R (2018)
US Open 2R (2016, 2017)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open 1R (2014, 2015)
Last updated on: 16 April 2018.

Taylor Harry Fritz (born October 28, 1997) is an American professional tennis player. He is the 2nd-fastest American ever to reach an ATP final, accomplishing the feat in just his third career event.[2]

His mother Kathy May Fritz was a Top 10 player, and his father Guy Henry Fritz also played professional tennis and was named US Olympic development coach of the year 2016.[3] He reached the finals in boys' singles at the 2015 French Open, and lost to fellow American Tommy Paul in three sets. He avenged the loss by defeating Paul in the boys' singles final at the 2015 US Open.

Early life and background[edit]

Fritz was born to Guy Fritz and former world top-10 tennis player Kathy May. He is the great-great-grandson of David May, founder of The May Department Stores Company that merged with Macy's, and the great-grandson of Morton D. May.[4]

Fritz grew up in Rancho Sante Fe in the San Diego metropolitan area. He attended Torrey Pines High School, where he won the CIF singles title in the San Diego section as a freshman. A few months into his sophomore year, he switched to an online high school to allow him to play ITF junior events full-time.[5]

Junior career[edit]

Fritz did not play any ITF events until he was 15, when he competed in a low-level Grade 4 tournament in March 2013 in Claremont near where he grew up. He would not play another event until the 2013 Junior US Open, at which point he began to compete regularly on the ITF tour shortly before turning 16. Within the next year, he made it to the semifinals at the 2014 Junior Wimbledon tournament. He then won his first Grade A tournament at the 2014 Osaka Mayor's Cup[6].

In 2015, Fritz reached at least the quarterfinal of all four junior grand slam tournaments, including the final at the French Open where he lost to Tommy Paul, and the final at the US Open where he defeated Paul [7]. This grand slam success helped him finish the year as the number one ranked boy's junior tennis player, for which he was named the 2015 ITF Junior World Champion. He was the first American to hold this title since Donald Young in 2005 and Andy Roddick in 2000.[8]

Professional[edit]

2015: Challenger Tour success[edit]

Fritz played his first ATP Tour tournament at Nottingham, where he received a wild card and won his first ATP match against Pablo Carreño Busta.[9]

In September 2015, Fritz turned pro after winning the Junior US Open. He quickly rose from the 600s into the Top 250 of the ATP Rankings by becoming the 9th player at age 17 to win multiple Challenger Tour titles – doing so in back-to-back weeks. The others to accomplish that feat include Top 20 players Bernard Tomic, Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, and Juan Martín del Potro as well as Number 1 overall players Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.[10]

2016: Surge into Top 100[edit]

After losing in the final of his last tournament of 2015, Fritz reached a final again in his first tournament of 2016, this time winning against Top 100 player Dudi Sela at Happy Valley to catapult to a ranking in the 150s. In the following week, he made it through Australian Open Qualifying to reach his first main draw of a Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open, where he would lose in the 1st round to fellow American Jack Sock in five sets.

Fritz was awarded a wild card into his first ATP 250 tournament of 2016 at Memphis and knocked off the 2nd-seeded Steve Johnson, who at No. 29 is the highest ranked player Fritz had ever defeated. With his victory over Ricardas Berankis in the semi-final, he became the youngest American to reach an ATP final since Michael Chang in 1988, and also the 2nd-fastest American ever to reach an ATP final, doing so in just his 3rd career ATP tournament. John Isner is the only American that was able to reach an ATP final faster.[2][11] Fritz would lose in the final to three-time defending champion and Top 10 player Kei Nishikori. In February, Fritz cracked the Top 100 for the first time by reaching the quarter-finals in Acapulco at his first career ATP 500 event.

Fritz's grass court season was highlighted by a close three set loss to Roger Federer at Stuttgart. He would end up peaking in the rankings at No. 53 towards the end of the summer. At the US Open, Fritz drew Jack Sock in the first round of a grand slam for the second time this year, again losing in five sets.

To cap off the year, Fritz won the ATP Star of Tomorrow for being the youngest player in the Top 100, having just turned 19 years old.

2017: First Grand Slam match win[edit]

Fritz was able to achieve his first victory over a top ten ATP player at Indian Wells defeating sixth seed Marin Cilic in the second round. Fritz struggled through the first half of the year with injury problems, and ended up skipping the clay court season to focus on recovering.[12] He returned to form in the summer with quarterfinals at Los Cabos and Winston-Salem. In his seventh grand slam appearance, Fritz won his first match at a major tournament by knocking out Marcos Baghdatis at the US Open.

2018[edit]

After finishing 2017 just outside the Top 100, Fritz had a good start to the 2018 season, reaching two Challenger finals in January. He returned to the Top 100 of the ATP rankings by reaching the final in New Caledonia, though he lost there to Noah Rubin. Following a loss in qualifying at the Australian Open, he then won his first Challenger title in two years at the inaugural event in Newport Beach, not too far from his current residence in Palos Verdes. He continued his strong start by making it to the 4th round at Indian Wells, his first Round of 16 appearance at a Masters event.

Fritz kicked off the clay court season with a semifinals appearance at the US Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, the best result on clay of his career thus far. In the tournament, he upset Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock before losing to Steve Johnson. This helped him get back to No. 66 in the world.

Playing style[edit]

Fritz possesses a dominant serve that can reach 130 mph, and solid groundstrokes off both wings.[13] One of Fritz's defining strengths is his ability to hit sharp angle cross-court shots on both the backhand and forehand sides. He also has a good topspin lob.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In an interview before Fritz played his first match against Roger Federer, he recalled watching the live stream of the 2009 US Open final between Federer and Juan Martín del Potro when he was in fifth grade.[15]

He married tennis player Raquel Pedraza in California in July 2016, after dating for over two years.[16] Raquel gave birth to the couple's child, a boy named Jordan, in January 2017.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (0–0)
Indoor (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2016 Memphis Open, US 250 Series Hard (i) Japan Kei Nishikori 4–6, 4–6

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2018 Los Cabos Open, Mexico 250 Series Hard Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis El Salvador Marcelo Arévalo
Mexico Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela
4–6, 4–6

Challenger and Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 7 (4–3)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (4–3)
ITF Futures Tour (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2015 Sacramento, US Challenger Hard United States Jared Donaldson 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Win 2–0 Oct 2015 Fairfield, US Challenger Hard Germany Dustin Brown 6–3, 6–4
Loss 2–1 Nov 2015 Champaign, US Challenger Hard (i) Switzerland Henri Laaksonen 6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Win 3–1 Jan 2016 Happy Valley, Australia Challenger Hard Israel Dudi Sela 7–6(9–7), 6–2
Loss 3–2 Feb 2017 Dallas, US Challenger Hard (i) United States Ryan Harrison 3–6, 3–6
Loss 3–3 Jan 2018 Nouméa, New Caledonia Challenger Hard United States Noah Rubin 5–7, 4–6
Win 4–3 Jan 2018 Newport Beach, US Challenger Hard United States Bradley Klahn 3–6, 7–5, 6–0

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (0–0)
ITF Futures Tour (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2014 USA F4, Palm Coast Futures Clay United States Martin Redlicki Sweden Markus Eriksson
Sweden Milos Sekulic
1–6, 1–6

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2015 French Open Clay United States Tommy Paul 6–7(7–4), 6–2, 2–6
Winner 2015 US Open Hard United States Tommy Paul 6–2, 6–7(4–7), 6–2

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2018 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R Q2 0 / 2 0–2 0%
French Open A A 1R A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
US Open Q1 Q1 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–4 1–3 0–0 0 / 7 1–7 13%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A Q2 1R 3R 4R 0 / 3 5–3 63%
Miami Open A A 2R 2R 1R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid Open A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome Masters A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
Canadian Open A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Cincinnati Masters A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Shanghai Masters A A 2R Q1 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Paris Masters A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–5 3–2 3–2 0 / 9 8–9 47%
Career Statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 15–22 13–13 8–4 37–40
Year-end Ranking 1149 174 76 104 48.05%

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score TF Rank
2017
1. Croatia Marin Čilić 7 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 4–6, 7–5, 6–4 136

References[edit]

  1. ^ ATP Rankings
  2. ^ a b "Taylor Fritz reaches Memphis Open final". 13 February 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "At 17, Taylor Fritz could be the next big thing in American men's tennis". 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  4. ^ The Making of America’s Next Great Tennis Talent
  5. ^ "San Diego's Fritz not ready to turn pro". San Diego Tribune. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Fritz and Xu meet with success in Osaka". ITF Tennis - Juniors. 
  7. ^ "US Open 2017". Daily Telegraph. 
  8. ^ "Taylor Fritz and Dalma Galfi crowned 2015 ITF Junior World Champions". Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ferrer, Lopez Lead Nottingham Field". 2015-06-22. Retrieved 2015-06-23. 
  10. ^ "Fritz goes back to back". 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Fritz reaches Memphis Final". 14 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Fritz leads way as Americans launch a charge". Wimbledon. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Is Fritz the future of American tennis?". USA Today. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Putting on the Fritz". Tennis.com. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "Fritz Sets Federer Clash; Del Potro Makes Winning Return". Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "At 18, Taylor Fritz has a huge serve and a new wife. Just don't call him a kid". Retrieved 19 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Russia Andrey Rublev
ITF Junior World Champion
2015
Succeeded by
Serbia Miomir Kecmanović
Preceded by
Germany Alexander Zverev
ATP Star of Tomorrow
2016
Succeeded by
Canada Denis Shapovalov