Taylor Fritz admits that the United States winning the Davis Cup probably wouldn't receive much media coverage in his home country. Fritz, ranked at No 9 in the world, is currently the top-ranked American male tennis player.
On Thursday, Frances Tiafoe lost to Lorenzo Sonego before Fritz defeated Lorenzo Musetti to force a deciding match in their quarterfinal tie versus Italy. In the decisive match, Tommy Paul and Jack Sock lost to Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.
The United States owns a record 32 Davis Cup, but they haven't won the competition since 2007.
Fritz on the lack of interest in the Davis Cup in the US
"It's obviously way more important for us. I think no one really cares I think if we win.
If we were to win Davis Cup, I don't think it would be even talked about on ESPN or our sports channels in the US Maybe we'll win and I'll be pleasantly surprised, but yeah, I don't think so. But we all want to win. The importance of Davis Cup for me is basically like you either win the whole thing or you don't.
It's not the kind of thing where we make finals and I'm, like, I'm happy we made finals. It's like lose quarterfinals, lose semifinals, lose finals, it's all the same. It's either you win or you don't," Fritz said. Also, Fritz made an interesting claim about the balls used at the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga.
"I feel like I only got here I think like a day later than everybody else, but obviously I have played plenty of tennis, so fitness-wise I'm fine. Court speed-wise it's like you can't even really tell. These balls are so incredibly slow, it's really impossible to like miss, and it's also pretty impossible to hit winners," Fritz explained.