Pro Circuit Round-up: Strong
Showing for Fritz
Sally Milano | August 14, 2017
Nineteen-year-old Taylor Fritz of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., had the top result of any American player at last week's Nordic Naturals Challenger in Aptos, Calif., reaching the semifinals at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament. With his performance in Aptos, Fritz moved up 11 spots in the ATP rankings to No. 120.
Fritz has posted solid results in 2017, including a third-round appearance at Indian Wells in March, where he scored his first Top 10 win over Marin Cilic in the second round, and reaching the final of the $125,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Dallas in February. Within the last month, the former ITF World Junior Champion also qualified for Wimbledon and reached the quarterfinals at the ATP event in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Fritz is considered one of the most promising young Americans to emerge on the tennis scene in recent years. ADVERTISEMENT He was named the 2016 “ATP Star of Tomorrow” after ending last season as the youngest player ranked in the Top 100, at No. 76. Also in 2016, he became the youngest finalist at an ATP event since 2008, when he finished runner-up to Kei Nishikori at the Memphis Open in just his third career ATP tournament.
He had a stellar junior career, as well, and, in 2015, was named the ITF Junior World Champion after winning the US Open boys' title, finishing runner-up at the junior French Open and reaching the Wimbledon boys' semifinals.
Other American highlights from USTA and ITF Pro Circuit events last week include:
- Four of the eight quarterfinalists in Aptos were from the U.S. Dennis Novikov, Tennys Sandgren and Raymond Sarmiento joined Fritz in the final eight.
- Hunter Callahan won the doubles title and reached the singles semifinals at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Edwardsville, Ill. Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson finished as runners-up in doubles at the event.
- Evan King and Sekou Bangoura teamed to reach the doubles final at the ATP $50,000 Challenger in Floridablanca, Colombia. King also reached the singles quarterfinals at the tournament.
- Colin Sinclair won the doubles title and advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Eupen, Belgium.
- Sophie Chang and Alexandra Mueller won the doubles title at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Landisville, Pa. In singles play, Maria Sanchez reached the semifinals and Jessica Pegula advanced to the quarterfinals.
- Jessica Ho reached the quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Mragowo, Poland.
- Lauren Marker advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the ITF Pro Circuit $15,000 event in Nonthaburi, Thailand.