Taylor Harry Fritz (born October 28, 1997) is an American professional tennis player.
He is the son of Kathy May Fritz, who was also an American tennis player. 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.
2015: Challenger Tour success
Fritz played his first ATP Tour tournament at the 2015 Aegon Open Nottingham, where he received a wild card and won his first ATP match.
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 Martin del Potro as well as Number 1 overall players Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
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, 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. He then became the youngest American to reach an ATP semi-final since Michael Chang in 1989.With his victory over Ricardas Berankis in the semi-final, he became the fastest American ever to reach an ATP final, doing so in just his 3rd career ATP tournament.
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