American tennis player Taylor Fritz says he is very much looking forward to going to Tokyo for the Olympic Games next year and feels that he has a shot at winning a medal.
American Taylor Fritz says he is looking forward to the Olympic Games in Tokyo
The 22 year old Fritz was interviewed by the Olympic Channel recently, where he spoke about the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
"There's something about the Olympics. It's different from other tournaments because there is no prize money involved and no ATP ranking points. What's there is just the glory… it's… the Olympics, you know, the Olympics!" The Tokyo Olympic Games have been rescheduled from this year to 2021 due to the global pandemic.
Fritz added that he did have a chance to go to the Games in 2016 but he chose not to since he had not been playing well during that time and did not see any chance of winning a medal. "I had the chance to go in 2016 and I was like, "I don't feel that I have a chance at getting a medal, so why would I go?" That's how I looked at it.
And now this time around, I'm hoping that I can be at the level playing well enough where that's a possibility. It would be so cool to have a medal playing for United States in the Olympics. I'm just a much, much better player than I was at 18.
I remember I was not playing that well during that specific time of the year. Now I’m physically stronger and I think I am much more able to beat a lot of these top guys." The American added that he was very inspired by watching swimmer Michael Phelps during his younger days as well as the gymnastics and the decathlon events.
Taylor Fritz is currently ranked No. 24 in the world. He is the second-highest ranked American player on the men's ATP Tour, after the 21st ranked John Isner. Fritz will compete in the two American hardcourt events in New York - the Western & Southern Open and the US Open in New York. Fritz reached his first ATP 500 final in Acapulco, where he lost to Rafael Nadal, earlier this year.