Taylor Fritz: 'Laver Cup was very exciting, ATP Cup should be as well'


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Taylor Fritz: 'Laver Cup was very exciting, ATP Cup should be as well'

The United States will compete at the first edition of the ATP Cup between January 3-12 in Perth against Russia, Italy and Norway. After a career-best season, world no. 32 Taylor Fritz will kick off the new one defending the national colors together with John Isner, Reilly Opelka, Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek at the ATP Cup, seeking a deep run and the place in the quarter-final in Sydney.

Scoring 31 victories in 2019, Taylor cracked the top-30 and lifted the first ATP title in Eastbourne, also losing finals in Atlanta and Los Cabos to finish the year just outside the top-30. Since September, Taylor already had the opportunity to play team events at the Laver Cup and the Davis Cup Finals, looking forward to another one in Australia together with his good friends from the American team.

"I'm excited to go and kick off the season with guaranteed matches against some of the world's best players at the ATP Cup, an incredible new event for players and fans. Every encounter will be critical to the overall result and whether the United States progress to the Final Eight in Sydney.

That will provide pressure and extra nerves but it will also show our pre-season work and practice. Also, I have always liked the look of the Perth Arena and the city in general, can't wait to explore it a little bit. We don't get a chance to compete as a team that often, with fellow players cheering you on from the side of the court.

Winning and losing adds a lot of extra energy to matches you play for your country but I have found it does help me to play better. It's going to be great to play alongside John, as I did at the Laver Cup in September, it was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to the same at the ATP Cup.

These events bring the team close together and you cheer each other. Growing up in a tennis family, I watched all the American players but my favorite was Pete Sampras, especially in those memorable matches against Andre Agassi because of the contrast of styles and how they each went about winning.

Now being coached by Sampras' and Roger Federer's former coach, Paul Annacone, I have gained an insight into how they operated and I have learned a lot on the court and mentally. I have improved so much working with Paul and winning an ATP 250-level title in Eastbourne was so special, taking a huge weight off my shoulders.

Even though I'm a good serve, I have always admired John Isner's serve and how effortless it looks. I think the serve and power will be the key weapons of the USA in January. It's going to be tricky to compete against countries with two highly ranked players but we are ready for a big challenge.

Being able to travel and play tennis opens your eyes to new cultures internationally but I enjoy my time in the States. I made my first ATP Tour final at the age of 18 on home soil in Memphis when I fell short against Kei Nishikori.

For me, it's been a great honor to represent the United States and to be among those who will play at the first ATP Cup in January."