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Bjorn Fratangelo (/biˈɔːrn frəˈtænəl/ bee-ORN frə-TAN-jə-loh;[2][3] born July 19, 1993) is a professional American tennis player who won the boys' singles title at the 2011 French Open. Fratangelo is only the second American out of three to win the event, following John McEnroe in 1977 and preceding Tommy Paul in 2015.[4] Fratangelo was a singles semifinalist at the 2017 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

Bjorn Fratangelo
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, United States
Born (1993-07-19) July 19, 1993 (age 25)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2012
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachAndres Alarcon
Prize money$1,070,494
Singles
Career record17–29 (in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 99 (6 June 2016)
Current rankingNo. 128 (4 March 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2016, 2017, 2019)
French Open2R (2016)
Wimbledon1R (2016)
US Open2R (2017)
Doubles
Career record0–3 (in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draws, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 304 (27 April 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open1R (2015)
Last updated on: 7 March 2019.

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Fratangelo began playing tennis at age three[5] and is named after tennis champion Björn Borg.[6] His father, Mario, is his coach. Fratangelo attended St. John the Baptist School in Plum, Pennsylvania until the 8th grade when he moved to Naples, Florida for training reasons, and was an online student of Barron Collier High School.[5][7][8]

Junior careerEdit

Fratangelo won the boys' singles title at the 2011 French Open, beating Dominic Thiem in the final, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6. The win propelled him to a career high of no. 2 in the junior rankings. He also played in the junior championship at the 2011 US Open, losing to eventual champion Oliver Golding in three sets.

ProfessionalEdit

Early yearsEdit

Fratangelo has played mainly on the ITF Pro Circuit since 2009. He played sparsely in both 2009 and 2010, before playing on a much more regular basis in 2011. He made his first final in July 2011 in the USA F17 event in Pittsburgh, losing to Brian Baker in straight sets.

The following month, Fratangelo was given a wildcard for the 2011 US Open qualifiers, losing 2–6, 2–6 to Fritz Wolmarans in the first round of qualification.

He reached another final on the ITF Men's Circuit in May 2012, but lost in straight sets to Tennys Sandgren in Tampa, Florida.

In 2013, Fratangelo reached the semi-final in the USA F2 event in Sunrise, losing to eventual champion Robby Ginepri, and then won his first professional title the following week, beating Arthur De Greef in the final in Weston by the score of 6–3, 3–6, 6–0. He made his second final in as many weeks when he faced De Greef once again, this time in Palm Coast, but lost 2–6, 3–6.

2016: Top 100Edit

In April 2016, he won the 2016 French Open Wild Card Challenge by reaching the semi-finals in Sarasota and winning the Savannah Challenger the following week. He put the wild card to good use by defeating compatriot Sam Querrey in the 1st round to crack the Top 100 for the first time. His ranking of 99 came out on 6 June 2016, which was the sixtieth birthday of the man he was named after, Björn Borg. This was also his first career match win in the main draw of a Grand Slam.

Career titlesEdit

Singles (11)Edit

Legend
ATP Challengers (3–3)
ITF Futures (8–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 4 July 2011 Pittsburgh, USA Clay   Brian Baker 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 14 May 2012 Tampa, USA Clay   Tennys Sandgren 1–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 21 January 2013 Weston, USA Clay   Arthur De Greef 6–4, 3–6, 6–0
Runner-up 3. 28 January 2013 Palm Coast, USA Clay   Arthur De Greef 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 25 February 2013 Harlingen, USA Hard   Jiří Veselý 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 2. 6 May 2013 Orange Park, USA Clay   Gerald Melzer 7–5, 6–3
Winner 3. 10 June 2013 Amstelveen, Netherlands Clay   Thiago Monteiro 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 12 May 2014 Tampa, USA Clay   Christian Garin 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 7 July 2014 Sassuolo, Italy Clay   Alberto Brizzi 6–4, 2–0 RET
Winner 6. 28 July 2014 Decatur, USA Hard   Liam Broady 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 5. 11 August 2014 Calgary, Canada Clay   Daniel Nguyen 6–7(7–9), 7–5, 4–6
Winner 7. 1 September 2014 Toronto, Canada Hard (i)   Mitchell Krueger 6–2, 6–3
Winner 8. 8 September 2014 Toronto, Canada Hard   Eric Quigley 6–4, 6–2
Winner 9. 9 February 2015 Launceston, Australia Hard   Hyeon Chung 4–6, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 6. 14 June 2015 Caltanisetta, Italy Clay   Elias Ymer 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 26 July 2015 Binghamton, United States Hard   Kyle Edmund 2–6, 3–6
Winner 10. 24 April 2016 Savannah, United States Clay   Jared Donaldson 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 19 November 2017 Champaign, United States Hard   Tim Smyczek 2-6, 4-6
Winner 11. 14 October 2018 Fairfield Challenger, United States Clay   Alex Bolt 6–4, 6–3

Singles performance timelineEdit

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 2018 Miami Open.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 1R 1R Q3 0–2
French Open A A A A Q2 2R 1R 1–2
Wimbledon A A A A Q2 1R Q2 0–1
US Open Q1 A Q1 A 1R 1R 2R 1–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–4 1–3 0–0 2–8
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Year-end Ranking 785 614 308 266 128 114 110

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Profile
  2. ^ "The pronunciation by Bjorn Fratangelo himself". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  3. ^ SOLINCOsports (June 8, 2012). "TEAM SOLINCO - Bjorn Fratangelo". YouTube. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/lifestyles/s_741739.html[dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Plum's tennis star Bjorn Frantangelo started in basement". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 9, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Plum native Fratangelo proves resilient as tennis pro". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Plum's Bjorn Fratangelo takes another major step forward". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Florida Tennis Briefs: Naples Resident Wins French Open Jrs.; SmashZone Tour Update". United States Tennis Association. Retrieved September 27, 2015.

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