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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 3rd career event.[1]

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 19)
Rancho Santa Fe, California, U.S.
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro 2015
Plays Right-handed (two handed-backhand)
Coach(es) David Nainkin &
Mardy Fish
Prize money $722,750
Singles
Career record 20–28 (41.67%)
Career titles 0
3 Challengers
Highest ranking No. 53 (29 August 2016)
Current ranking No. 128 (26 June 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2016, 2017)
French Open 1R (2016)
Wimbledon 1R (2016, 2017)
US Open 1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record 3–9
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 231 (3 October 2016)
Current ranking No. 302 (26 June 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 2R (2016)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open 1R (2014, 2015)
Last updated on: 1 July 2017.

Both of his parents played professional tennis and his mother Kathy May Fritz was a Top 10 player.[2] 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.

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Early life and backgroundEdit

Fritz was born to Guy Fritz and Kathy May. He is the great-great-grandson of David May, founder of The May Department Stores Company,[3] and the great-grandson of Morton D. May.

Junior careerEdit

In 2015, Fritz reached at least the quarterfinal of all 4 junior grand slam tournaments, including the final at the French Open where he lost to Tommy Paul and the final at the U.S. 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 is the first American to hold this title since Donald Young in 2005 and Andy Roddick in 2000.[4]

Junior Grand Slam Finals
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

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.[5] In September 2015, Fritz turned pro after winning the Junior U.S. 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.[6]

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.[1][7] 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: SlumpEdit

Fritz is slumping and is out of top 100.

Playing styleEdit

Fritz possesses a dominant serve that can reach 130 mph and solid groundstrokes off both wings.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

When Fritz played his first match against Roger Federer, he recalled when in computer class in the 5th grade, he live streamed the 2009 US Open final between Federer and Juan Martín del Potro.[9]

He married tennis player Raquel Pedraza in California in July 2016, after dating for over two years.[10] Raquel gave birth to the couple's child, a boy named Jordan, in January 2017.

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: (0–1)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)
Carpet (0–0)
Finals by Surface
Outdoors (0–0)
Indoors (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. February 14, 2016 Memphis Open, Memphis, United States Hard (i)   Kei Nishikori 4–6, 4–6

Challenger finalsEdit

Singles: (3–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. October 11, 2015 Sacramento, CA, United States Hard   Jared Donaldson 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 2. October 18, 2015 Fairfield, CA, United States Hard   Dustin Brown 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 3. November 21, 2015 Champaign, IL, United States Hard (i)   Henri Laaksonen 6–4, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 4. January 10, 2016 Happy Valley, Adelaide, Australia Hard   Dudi Sela 7–6(9–7), 6–2
Runner-up 5. February 4, 2017 Dallas, TX, United States Hard (i)   Ryan Harrison 3–6, 3–6

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.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current through the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 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 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–4 0–2 0 / 6 0–6 0%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A Q2 1R 3R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Miami Open A A 2R 2R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Monte-Carlo Masters 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 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Cincinnati Masters A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Shanghai Masters A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Paris Masters A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–5 3–2 0 / 7 5–7 42%
Career Statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0%
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 15–22 5–7 21–30 41%
Year-end Ranking 1149 174 76

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score TF Rank
2017
1.   Marin Čilić No. 7 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 4–6, 7–5, 6–4 136

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