Taylor Fritz Cincinnati Open 2022

‘I’d have preferred any other qualifier’ describes Taylor Fritz on US Open opponent

Taylor Fritz feels he would have faired better against any one of the other seven qualifiers at the US Open rather than facing Brandon Holt who knows him so well.ย ย 

The 10th seed lost to the 303rd ranked qualifier in four sets on Grandstand, leaving his campaign in New York as a non-starter.

Fritz said after the loss he felt like he could win the tournament before his first match, but that he felt ‘like an idiot’ after being dumped out in the first round.

It did not help that Fritz and Holt know each other well as practice partners and through their mothers, Kathy May Fritz and two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin.

“Absolutely, it definitely makes it a lot tougher, the fact that we know each other so well, practice with each other a lot,” Fritz emphasised. “It’s a big neutraliser, for sure. I probably would have preferred any of the other qualifiers, even though he was probably the lowest-ranked one.

“I think just to play someone like that, that you’ve known forever, it definitely makes the match a lot harder. But I still didn’t think it was really going to matter. I was super confident going into the match. I didn’t feel like I was going to lose the match until I literally lost the last point.”

Frtiz came into the US Open ranked 12th in the world and in with a chance to break the top five had he won the event.

Now 10th in the live ATP rankings, he will have to wait and see what happens with other competitors to determine whether he officially breaks that barrier for the first time.


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