Fritz’s story is told in Claremont, California, where he initially began his journey to greatness.
At 15, he played for the 2013 Junior US Open; this point in his life held as much significance as any origin in one’s life would hold. It lived as a reminder of where it all started, not that it purged out any profound achievement.
Fritz played regularly on the ITF circuit for most of 2013; however, it wasn’t until a year later, in 2014, at the age of 16, that he began to carve his name on the clay court by emerging as a finalist on the 2014 Junior Wimbledon tournament and eventually going on to win the 2014 Osaka Mayors Cup.
Mauling through, Fritz appeared in the French Open and the quarterfinal of all four junior Grand Slam tournaments.
His loss to Tommy Paul spelled the end of his race in the French Open; however, Fritz made his comeback at the US Open final, trumping Paul to secure the position as the number-one-ranked boy’s junior tennis player.
Historically, only two other Americans held this position, one being Andy Roddick in 2000 and the other David Young in 2005.
Setting a solid foundation as the Number-one ranked Junior tennis player, Fritz’s transition into the professional arena was done with unbelievable ease in 2015; he played his first ATP at Nottingham, where he moved from rank no.600 to 100 in 2016.
This was, however, possible after winning multiple Challenger Tour titles and reaching the quarterfinals in Acapulco at his first career ATP.
The year 2017 had been a good year for Fritz as it housed one of his major wins. He knocked out Marcos Baghdatis to record his first win at a major Tournament.
In 2018, amid a series of career losses, Fritz managed to climb his way to the Top 50, winning his first Challenger title in two years at the inaugural event in Newport Beach.
Fritz defeated Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock in the Clay court season; while his game began to take form, his career received a minor setback following his loss to Steve Johnson.
However, this wasn’t enough to oust him from the top 100. While winning his bout in the US Open against Mischa Zeverev and Jason Kubler, his affiliation with Paul Annacone was what ultimately catapulted him to the No.47 spot in the top 100 despite losing to Dominic Theim.
Fritz’s progress continued in 2019. He made notable performances in various tournaments, reaching the third round in the Australian Open but losing to Roger Federer in three sets.
Taylor Fritz began the season by winning the Challenger at Newport Beach, California, defeating Brayden Schnur in the final.
Fritz also claimed his first ATP Tour title at the Eastbourne International, where he won against Sam Querrey in straight sets.
In Wimbledon, he trumped Tomáš Berdych in straight sets but lost to Jan-Lennard Struff in four sets.
At the US Open, Fritz was seeded 26th but unfortunately lost in the first round to Feliciano López. Fritz also represented Team World in the Laver Cup, where he had mixed results, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas but rebounding to defeat Dominic Thiem.
Fritz’s career soon began to tower beyond expectations by 2019. He had reached the No. 25 position in August 2019 but would end the year ranked No. 32.
Come 2020, Fritz’s game had assumed a sweet-bitter direction, with a mixed performance being the highlight.
Fritz won one match and lost two in the singles competition while representing Team USA, generally leading to their Elimination in the round-robin stage. Regardless, Fritz reached the third round in the Australian Open, where he had a five-set victory over Kevin Anderson before being defeated once again by Dominic Thiem, who eventually reached the final.
Fritz also had a notable performance in the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco, where he reached the final but lost to Rafael Nadal.
This achievement helped him attain a career-high ranking of world No. 24! He was originally putting his feet back on the pedal in the race for dominance.
In 2022, Taylor Fritz had a mixed season in various tennis tournaments as well. Representing the U.S. at the ATP Cup, he secured victories against Félix Auger-Aliassime and Cameron Norrie but fell short against Alexander Zverev. while they were not eliminated this time, The U.S. finished fourth in their group.
At the Australian Open, Fritz achieved a career milestone by reaching the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time. He would go on to triumph over Roberto Bautista Agut in a five-set match but suffer a loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round.
Fritz showcased his skills at the Dallas Open, making it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Marcos Giron. He also competed in tournaments like Acapulco and the Indian Wells Masters, where he reached the final and claimed his maiden Masters 1000 title by defeating Rafael Nadal.
During the grass-court season, Fritz had mixed results. First suffering an upset in the second round of the Libéma Open, he bounced back at the Eastbourne International, winning the tournament by defeating Maxime Cressy in the final.
His performance at Wimbledon was a show worth applauding as he reached his first Major quarterfinal, engaging in an intense match against Rafael Nadal, pushing it to five sets but ultimately losing in a fifth-set tiebreak.
In the American swing, Fritz secured notable wins against players like Andy Murray and Frances Tiafoe. He reached the quarterfinals at the Cincinnati Masters before losing to Daniil Medvedev.
However, he faced a shocking first-round defeat at the US Open against compatriot Brandon Holt. Fritz’s remarkable performance came at the Tokyo Olympics, where he emerged as the champion, becoming the first American to achieve this feat since Pete Sampras in 1996. This victory propelled him into the top 10 of the singles rankings.
Although Fritz qualified for the ATP Finals, his results were mixed, including a win against Rafael Nadal and a loss to Casper Ruud. By 2023, Fritz had begun the year as the no.1 American male player following the victory of the United States over Italy, heralding this team to their title, Fritz failed to repeat such triumphs in the Australian Open as he lost in the second round against Alex Popyrin.
Reaching the Semi-Finals in the 2023 Dallas Open, Fritz’s global status had elevated to the rank of No.7; however, that wasn’t the climax of his career; on the 27th of February, Fritz moved up in rank to No.5 after defeating Miomir Kecmanović.
This feat was occasioned by a backlog of successes each, redefined by his back-to-back appearances in the semi-finals at the 2023 Delray Beach Open.