Taylor Fritz after Covid: "I don't feel great"

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Taylor Fritz after Covid: "I don't feel great"

Taylor Fritz now seemed to have lost all hope of qualifying for the Turin Finals. He didn't even think he would be able to compete in Tokyo after testing positive for COVID-19 in South Korea. But after a week in full quarantine with serious symptoms, the American ended a whirlwind Wednesday with his first career win at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships.

Taylor Fritz after Covid: "I don't feel great"

The third seed was forced to retire ahead of the Seoul event last week but was cleared to catch a two-hour flight to Tokyo just in time on the morning of his opening round match against James Duckworth.

Fritz used the opportunity with a 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-1 win to advance to the second round for the first time in four attempts at the ATP 500. Fritz explained in the press conference: "I feel better than I thought. I don't feel great, but I'm really happy that I managed to get through all of this and still show up and win my game." The American was too sick to be able to exercise in his room for much of his quarantine period, but started training in the last three days.

However, he has kept a positive mindset by entering Japan, where he has the opportunity to improve his 10th place in the ATP Live Race To Turin. Fritz added then: "I felt for some reason confident that I would be able to hit the ball well.

I was more worried about my cardiopulmonary fit after being really sick and not being able to do anything. Fortunately the field was very fast, so not playing long points physically I was fine." Fritz faced the Japanese lucky loser Hiroki Moriya in the second round: the US player won in three sets for 6-1 3-6 6-4, and now he will meet the Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Taylor Fritz