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.
Fritz at the 2016 US Open
|Full name||Taylor Harry Fritz|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Palos Verdes, California, U.S.|
October 28, 1997 |
Rancho Santa Fe, California, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two handed-backhand)|
|Coach||David Nainkin &
|Career record||37–40 (48.05%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 53 (29 August 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 66 (16 April 2018)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2016, 2017)|
|French Open||1R (2016)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2016, 2017)|
|US Open||2R (2017)|
|Highest ranking||No. 231 (3 October 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 407 (16 April 2018)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||2R (2016, 2017)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||1R (2014, 2015)|
|Last updated on: 16 April 2018.|
His mother Kathy May Fritz was a Top 10 player, and his father also played professional tennis. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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 with the final in New Caledonia. 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.
Fritz possesses a dominant serve that can reach 130 mph, and solid groundstrokes off both wings. 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.
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.
He married tennis player Raquel Pedraza in California in July 2016, after dating for over two years. Raquel gave birth to the couple's child, a boy named Jordan, in January 2017.
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Feb 2016||Memphis Open, US||250 Series||Hard (i)||Kei Nishikori||4–6, 4–6|
Challenger and Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 7 (4–3)Edit
|Win||1–0||Oct 2015||Sacramento, US||Challenger||Hard||Jared Donaldson||6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|Win||2–0||Oct 2015||Fairfield, US||Challenger||Hard||Dustin Brown||6–3, 6–4|
|Loss||2–1||Nov 2015||Champaign, US||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, US||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, US||Challenger||Hard||Bradley Klahn||3–6, 7–5, 6–0|
Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Feb 2014||USA F4, Palm Coast||Futures||Clay||Martin Redlicki|| Markus Eriksson
Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Runner-up||2015||French Open||Clay||Tommy Paul||6–7(7–4), 6–2, 2–6|
|Winner||2015||US Open||Hard||Tommy Paul||6–2, 6–7(4–7), 6–2|
Singles performance timelineEdit
Current through the 2018 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||1R||1R||Q2||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|French Open||A||A||1R||A||0 / 1||0–1||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%|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1|
Wins over top 10 playersEdit
|1.||Marin Čilić||7||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||2R||4–6, 7–5, 6–4||136|
- ATP Rankings
- "Taylor Fritz reaches Memphis Open final". 13 February 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- "At 17, Taylor Fritz could be the next big thing in American men's tennis". 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
- The Making of America’s Next Great Tennis Talent
- "San Diego's Fritz not ready to turn pro". San Diego Tribune. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
- "Taylor Fritz and Dalma Galfi crowned 2015 ITF Junior World Champions". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
- "Ferrer, Lopez Lead Nottingham Field". 2015-06-22. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
- "Fritz goes back to back". 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
- "Fritz reaches Memphis Final". 14 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
- "Fritz leads way as Americans launch a charge". Wimbledon. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
- "Is Fritz the future of American tennis?". USA Today. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
- "Putting on the Fritz". Tennis.com. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
- "Fritz Sets Federer Clash; Del Potro Makes Winning Return". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
- "At 18, Taylor Fritz has a huge serve and a new wife. Just don't call him a kid". Retrieved 19 July 2016.
- Taylor Fritz at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Taylor Fritz at the International Tennis Federation
|Awards and achievements|
|ITF Junior World Champion
|ATP Star of Tomorrow