The future of American tennis, Taylor Fritz had a hitting session with tennis legend Pete Sampras at the Monterrey Open on his 18th birthday on Wednesday. Fritz won the Farfield Challenger beating Dustin Brown 6/3 6/4 in the final.
It was the 16th win in a row for the American, who had also won US Open Junior and the Sacramento Challenger in the weeks before. Fritz is the ninth player aged 17 or under to win multiple Challenger titles. He is also the seventh active player after Richard Gasquet, Juan Martin Del Potro, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Rafael Nadal and Bernard Tomic to do so.
At the beginning of the year Fritz was outside of the top-1000. After the US Open, he moved up to 673 and this week improved even further to being ranked 235th, gaining nearly 800 positions in eight months! He also gained a career prize money of $150000 in career too.
'I just hit with him for 30 minutes and he’s got a great game' Sampras told ATPChampionsTour.com. 'He hits the ball big, has a monster forehand. I haven’t seen him play that much, but he’s got a few big weapons.
He’s a big kid. I was just talking to him a little bit about what it takes, that is working hard and sacrificing. He’s on his way and he’s got the right attitude, willing to learn and listen. He’s got a great future'.
When asked what advice he would give a rising teenager like Fritz, Sampras joked: 'Get off his phone.'
'I think it’s just working hard and putting in the time off the court and getting in great shape.
You look at the game today with Djokovic and Nadal, it’s gotten so physical. These guys are so strong and he’s only 18 and it’s going to take some time. He’s on his way, but he’s got to put in the gym work and stay healthy'. Click through to see photos and videos! Also Read: Taylor Fritz wins Sacramento Challenger, Raises Hopes of Future of American Tennis