World No. 20 Taylor Fritz has revealed his big goal for this year is to break into the top-10. Fritz, 24, made a positive start to the year as he made his first second week of a Grand Slam at the Australian Open. In February, Fritz achieved a new career-high ranking of No.
16 in the world. Fritz is currently the second best-ranked American player - the first is world No. 17 Reilly Opelka. “I’m not worried about being the No. 1 American right now,” Fritz told the ATP website. “I’m worried about being Top 10 in the world”.
“You just have to keep the end goal in mind and never be satisfied. I think the worst thing you can do is have some good results and then be satisfied with yourself, satisfied with what you’ve done, and then kind of relax a bit because you’re tired of the constant work.
“For me, I just kept telling myself my goal this year is Top 10 and nothing else”.
Fritz wants to make tennis a 'cooler sport' in the United States
Even though some of the biggest tennis tournaments take place in the United States, tennis is not a sport that ranks highly among an average sports fan.
Fritz reveals one of his biggest goals is to make tennis a much cooler sport in the United States. “The ins and outs of our sport, it’s so cool, but no one really understands,” Fritz said. “Even though people know the Grand Slams and people know the all-time greats, people don’t know all the intricacies of it.
“One of my biggest goals in my career is to make tennis in the United States a much cooler sport that’s just much more popular amongst the average fan. I want ESPN, SportsCenter to be covering the American tennis players; results throughout the year, not just talking about a couple of players here and there at the Grand Slams, but ‘Frances won his match today at Queens,’ or whatever. I think that would be cool to see tennis get that kind of attention”.