Role Right-handed aggressive baseliner (two-handed backhand)
Relation(s) Guy Fritz (father), Kathy May Fritz (mother), Raquel Pedraza (wife)
Taylor Fritz is a tennis player from the USA, who is widely considered the future of American men's tennis.
Fritz got off to a great start in his career, winning one junior Grand Slam and reaching the final of another. Ever since turning pro he's been knocking on the doors of the top level, impressing everyone with his big game and calm demeanor.
Best finish at each of the four Grand Slams:
Australian Open: 1st Round (2016, 2017)
French Open: 1st Round (2016, 2018)
Wimbledon: 2nd Round (2018)
US Open: 3rd Round (2018)
Highest Ranking: No. 53
Style of play
Fritz is a player with a relentlessly attacking mindset, and always looks to take the ball on. His game is centered around his big serve and forehand, both of which he can hit flat and into the corners.
Fritz doesn't vary his shots too often, and only brings out the backhand slice when he is pulled wide. He comes to the net on occasion, when his groundstrokes have put him in a position to hit an easy volley winner.
Strengths and weaknesses
Fritz's serve is his biggest asset, and also one of the biggest shots on the tour today. He can produce speeds as high as 130 mph on his first serve, and even his second serve has plenty of bite.
The American has a blistering forehand, which he uses to gain the ascendancy in rallies. He can hit it both flat and with topspin, and even his running forehand can be deadly.
Fritz's backhand is decidedly his weaker wing, but he can be solid with that shot too. He doesn't hit a lot of winners with his backhand, but can use it to stay in rallies long enough to set up his forehand.
Fritz is not the quickest mover at the back of the court, and is at his most vulnerable when made to defend.
Fritz was born in Rancho Santa Fe, California, but currently lives in Palos Verdes. Both his parents have been involved in tennis; his father Guy is a tennis coach, while his mother Kathy May used to be a top 10 WTA player in the 70s.
Considering his parents' tennis background, it is no surprise that Taylor started playing the sport at a very early age; in fact, he picked up a racquet for the first time at the age of just two. His role models while growing up were Juan Martin del Potro and Pete Sampras, two players whose games were centered around their serve and forehand, just like him.
Fritz had a very successful junior career; he reached the 2015 French Open boys' final, losing to Tommy Paul. A few months later he met Paul in a junior Grand Slam final again, at the US Open, and this time he came away with the trophy.
Fritz married long-time girlfriend Raquel Pedraza while still a teenager, in July 2016. In January 2017, the couple announced the birth of their first child, a son named Jordan.
Fritz has shown a lot of maturity, both on the court and off it, which belies his age. It is this maturity and composure that makes many believe he can achieve Grand Slam success in the future.