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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.[3]

Taylor Fritz
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Full nameTaylor Harry Fritz
Country (sports) United States
ResidencePalos Verdes, California, U.S.
Born (1997-10-28) October 28, 1997 (age 21)[1]
Rancho Santa Fe, California, U.S.
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
CoachDavid Nainkin &
Paul Annacone
Prize moneyUS$2,722,314
Singles
Career record74–74 (50.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
5 Challengers
Highest rankingNo. 25 (August 5, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 25 (August 5, 2019)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2019)
French Open2R (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2018, 2019)
US Open3R (2018)
Doubles
Career record13–22 (37.1% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 153 (10 June 2019)
Current rankingNo. 177 (29 July 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2019)
French Open1R (2018)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US Open2R (2016, 2017)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open1R (2014, 2015)
Last updated on: 29 July 2019.

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.[4] 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 backgroundEdit

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.[5]

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.[6]

Junior careerEdit

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[7].

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 [8]. 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.[9]

ProfessionalEdit

2015: Challenger Tour successEdit

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.[10]

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.[11]

2016: Surge into Top 100Edit

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.[3][12] 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 winEdit

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.[13] 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.

2018Edit

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.

2019Edit

Fritz made the third round at the Australian Open, losing to Roger Federer in 3 sets. Fritz then went on to win the Challenger at Newport Beach California; he defeated Bryaden Schnur of Canada in the final in straight sets. In June, Fritz won his first ATP Tour title at the Eastbourne International tournament by defeating Sam Querrey in straight sets.

Playing styleEdit

Fritz possesses a dominant serve that can reach 149 mph, and solid groundstrokes off both wings.[14] 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.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[16]

He married tennis player Raquel Pedraza in California in July 2016, after dating for over two years.[17] Raquel gave birth to the couple's child, a boy named Jordan, in January 2017.

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)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 (1–3)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1–2)
Indoor (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2016 Memphis Open, USA 250 Series Hard (i)   Kei Nishikori 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1–1 Jun 2019 Eastbourne International, UK 250 Series Grass   Sam Querrey 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1–2 Jul 2019 Atlanta Open, USA 250 Series Hard   Alex de Minaur 3–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 1–3 Aug 2019 Los Cabos Open, Mexico 250 Series Hard   Diego Schwartzman 6–7(6–8), 3–6

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   Thanasi Kokkinakis   Marcelo Arévalo
  Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela
4–6, 4–6

Challenger and Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 8 (5–3)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (5–3)
ITF Futures Tour (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2015 Sacramento, USA Challenger Hard   Jared Donaldson 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Win 2–0 Oct 2015 Fairfield, USA Challenger Hard   Dustin Brown 6–3, 6–4
Loss 2–1 Nov 2015 Champaign, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Henri Laaksonen 6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Win 3–1 Jan 2016 Happy Valley, Australia Challenger Hard   Dudi Sela 7–6(9–7), 6–2
Loss 3–2 Feb 2017 Dallas, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Ryan Harrison 3–6, 3–6
Loss 3–3 Jan 2018 Nouméa, New Caledonia Challenger Hard   Noah Rubin 5–7, 4–6
Win 4–3 Jan 2018 Newport Beach, USA Challenger Hard   Bradley Klahn 3–6, 7–5, 6–0
Win 5–3 Jan 2019 Newport Beach, USA Challenger Hard   Brayden Schnur 7–6(9–7), 6–4

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   Martin Redlicki   Markus Eriksson
  Milos Sekulic
1–6, 1–6

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

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

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 the 2019 Los Cabos Open.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R Q2 3R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
French Open A A 1R A 1R 2R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 4 2–4 33%
US Open Q1 Q1 1R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 4 3–4 43%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–4 1–3 3–3 4–3 0 / 14 8–14 36%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A Q2 1R 3R 4R 1R 0 / 4 5–4 56%
Miami Open A A 2R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 4 2–4 33%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Madrid Open A A Q1 A Q2 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Rome Masters A A Q1 A Q1 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Canadian Open A A 1R A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Cincinnati Masters A A 1R A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Shanghai Masters A A 2R Q1 2R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Paris Masters A A Q1 A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–5 3–2 4–3 4–5 0 / 15 13–15 46%
Career Statistics
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 1 22 13 18 20 75
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 3 1 / 4
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 15–22 13–13 23–20 26–19 1 / 75 78–75 51%
Year-end Ranking 1149 174 76 104 50 50.98%

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

  • Fritz has a 3–12 (20.0%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 1 0 2 3
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score TF Rank
2017
1.   Marin Čilić 7 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 4–6, 7–5, 6–4 136
2019
2.   John Isner 10 Auckland, New Zealand Hard 2R 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5) 50
3.   Fabio Fognini 9 Los Cabos, Mexico Hard QF 6–1, 7–6(7–1) 28

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Taylor Fritz". ATP World Tour. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  2. ^ ATP Rankings
  3. ^ a b "Taylor Fritz reaches Memphis Open final". February 13, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "At 17, Taylor Fritz could be the next big thing in American men's tennis". July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  5. ^ The Making of America’s Next Great Tennis Talent
  6. ^ "San Diego's Fritz not ready to turn pro". San Diego Tribune. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Fritz and Xu meet with success in Osaka". ITF Tennis - Juniors.
  8. ^ "US Open 2017". Daily Telegraph.
  9. ^ "Taylor Fritz and Dalma Galfi crowned 2015 ITF Junior World Champions". Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Ferrer, Lopez Lead Nottingham Field". June 22, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "Fritz goes back to back". October 19, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Fritz reaches Memphis Final". February 14, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "Fritz leads way as Americans launch a charge". Wimbledon. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  14. ^ "Is Fritz the future of American tennis?". USA Today. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Putting on the Fritz". Tennis.com. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  16. ^ "Fritz Sets Federer Clash; Del Potro Makes Winning Return". Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  17. ^ "At 18, Taylor Fritz has a huge serve and a new wife. Just don't call him a kid". Retrieved July 19, 2016.

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