The Challenger tournament in Sacramento saw 17-year old Taylor Fritz win the title against compatriot and fellow teen, 19-year old Jared Donaldson. Fritz won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in what was his first tournament after turning pro.
Prior to notching this all-important victory, Fritz had rounded off his junior career by claiming the boys’ singles title at the US Open in August. His win back then had come against yet another compatriot, Tommy Paul, who had defeated him in the French Open junior boys’ final in June.
Following his Sacramento Challenger title, Fritz’s ranking rose by 355 places and he’s now ranked no. 339 in the world, rising ahead from being ranked 694th. Following his win in Sacramento, he’s also the youngest American to win a Challenger event since Donald Young, who won the Aptos Challenger almost eight years ago, in 2007.
When Young won the Aptos Challenger, he was a day away from his 18th birthday. In addition to this record, Fritz also became the only third teenager, in the age-group of 17-years and younger, alongside Alexander Zverev and Borna Coric, to have won titles in the last two years in the professional circuit.
Fritz's achievement also brought out a wave of renewed optimism regarding the future of American tennis, which is currently struggling to maintain its foothold in the biggest of the sport's stages despite its past glorious heydays.
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