‘It’s up to the player’ – Taylor Fritz doubles down on ‘hating’ on-court coaching
Taylor Fritz was able to subdue Cameron Norrie on the Brit’s Laver Cup debut to ensure Team World keep pace halfway through the competition.
The American number one humbled the British number one 6-1 in the opening set before Norrie levelled the second 6-4, but Fritz came through 10-8 in the match breaker to put the tournament scoreboard at 4-4.
Making his second appearance at the team event, Fritz is now 2-1 in his three singles matches across 2019 and 2021.
“There’s a really big difference between 6-2 and 4-4 so both of us were definitely feeling the nerves out there,” he said after the win. “I love being in these positions, I’m just happy I could bring it for the team.”
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As has always been a feature of the Laver Cup, both men benefitted from team advice and coaching courtside.
Fritz has previously stated his disdain for the latest ATP rules update allowing players to receive on-court coaching.
“If we’re paying attention to what I’m saying on the bench, it’s more me talking, you know?” he explained on his interactions with Team World captain John McEnroe and company.
“I’m a very analytical person so I love to speak my thoughts if I have people to talk to and then they can kind of confirm or tell if they think something different.
“I hate on-court coaching because I feel like I can be analytical in my own head, figure it out myself, and I just think it’s up to the player to figure it out for themselves.”
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