America’s Newest Wonderkid

 

Full Name: Taylor Harry Fritz

Birth Date: 28 October 1997

Place of Birth: United States

Playing Years: 2015 to present

Formative Years and Junior Career

Taylor Fritz is one of the names that is beginning to make a noise in US Tennis’s new generation of players. This kid’s prowess in the sport, so they say, runs in his veins. He started to hold the racket almost right after he was born. His parents, unsurprisingly, are both professional tennis players themselves. His father, and later coach, is Guy Fritz, and his mother is the legendary Kathy May, who made a name as world’s No. 10 in 1977.

Growing up in San Diego, Fritz attended Torrey Pines High school, where he won a singles title in California Interscholastic Federation as a freshman. He later continued schooling online to start his junior career in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) at the age of 15. At the same age, he completed a low-level Grade 4 tournament in Claremont. When he turned 16, he got into the semifinals of the 2014 Junior Wimbledon tournament, and won the Grade A at the 2014 Osaka Mayor’s Cup.

By 2015, Fritz made it to the finals of French Open and US Open. He was named 2015 ITF Junior World Champion, the first American to hold the title since Donald Young in 2005, and Andy Roddick in 2000.

Professional Career

Since turning pro, Fritz made dramatic blasts in his career. He received his wild card at Nottingham at a very tender age of 17, where he played his very first ATP Tour. At the same tournament, he beat Pablo Carreño Busta. He turned pro after he won the Junior US Open, dramatically rising for nearly a thousand places from his 2014 No. 1141 to No. 177 in 2015. He would later add more fuel to this unbelievably rapid progress in his career.

Fritz received a wild card in 2016 for his first ATP 250 tournament at Memphis, where he won a match against Steve Johnson, who was world’s No. 29 back then. In February the same year, he made it to the Top 100, being the youngest player to be included that year. By the end of summer, he blasted to No. 53 at the age of 19. He ended the year with an ATP Star of Tomorrow. His career’s progress in such a quick pace, he was hailed as the ‘Next Big Thing’ and future of US Tennis.   

The following year, Fritz beat No. 7 Marin Cilic in ATP Masters Series, and won his first match at a major tournament against Marcos Baghdatis in the US Open. by the later part of 2018, he is world’s No. 47 at the age of 21. Although, wunderkinds are no rarity in the sport, Taylor Fritz stands out today as one of the brightest names of his generation and even of a whole nation.

By @EliaasMJ

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