Taylor Fritz pulls out of Rome ahead of French Open

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Taylor Fritz pulls out of Rome ahead of French Open

Top-ranked American tennis player Taylor Fritz has withdrawn from the Rome Masters. Fritz, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 13 in the world, won't be making his fourth main draw appearance in Rome.

Fritz tried to make the Rome main draw in 2016 and 2018 but on both occasions ended up losing in the qualifying event.

After failing to make it past the Rome qualifying in 2016 and 2018, Fritz successfuly made it past the Rome qualifying in 2019 and made his main draw debut at Foro italico. That year, Fritz defeated Guido Pella in the Rome first round before losing to Kei Nishikori.

In 2020, Fritz made the Rome main draw directly for the first time in his career but didn't enjoy an impressive campaign as he was beaten by Stefano Travaglia in the first round. Last year, Fritz defeated Dan Evans in his Rome opener, before he fell short versus world No.

1 Novak Djokovic.

Fritz dealing with a left foot injury

Fritz is now set to miss back-to-back Masters events as he also pulled out of Madrid because of an injury. Fritz kicked off his clay season last month in Houston, where he reached the quarterfinal.

In Monte Carlo, Fritz enjoyed a solid run as he made the quarterfinal before losing to eventual finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Fritz made a good start to his Monte Carlo quarterfinal versus Davidovich Fokina but the Spaniard recovered to win 2-6 6-4 6-3.

Even though Fritz lost, his run in Monte Carlo showed that he's capable of playing well on clay as well. In March, Fritz won his maiden Masters title after stunning Rafael Nadal in the final. It has been a great season so far for Fritz, who became a Masters champion this year and is now on the verge of breaking into the top-10 for the first time in his career.

Fritz's participation at the French Open shouldn't be in doubt as he is likely taking some time to ensure that he is fully ready when the time comes for Roland Garros.