Date of birth: September 28, 1997
Place of birth: Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA
Height: 6ft 5in (1.96m)
ATP Tour titles: 5
Career-high ranking: 5
Best Grand Slam performance: QF Wimbledon 2022
UTS appearances: UTS3, UTS4
Style and personality:
As the son of a top player – his mother Kathy May was ranked in the world’s top 10 in 1977 – Taylor Fritz was probably destined to play tennis but he’s taken on the challenge in style. A former junior world No 1, Fritz has a huge serve and a picture-perfect two-handed backhand, while off the court he is as stylish as he is on it, with a career in modelling always open to him in the future. A young father – his son Jordan was born in 2017 – this will be Fritz’s third UTS outing, having made his debut in 2020 and then played again, in Antwerp, in 2021.
Another of the field to have been ranked No 1 as a junior, Fritz reached his first ATP Tour final as long ago as 2016, in Memphis, when he was still 18. It’s taken him time to really hit his stride, though, with his first title coming on grass in Eastbourne in 2019. Two of his five titles have come on grass, which is not surprising given his ultra-attacking style of play, with his big serve backed up by huge groundstrokes. Until 2022, he’d gone 0-7 in Grand Slam third-round matches but he snapped that streak in Australia and then won the biggest title of his career by beating Rafael Nadal to win Indian Wells. He reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon in 2022, missing a match point to beat Nadal for a place in the semis. Since then, though, he’s gone from strength to strength, reaching the last four of the ATP Finals and then helping USA to win the United Cup at the start of 2023.