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Dad at 19: A young tennis star turning heads, raising eyebrows

Taylor Fritz recently stunned at the India Wells tennis tournament. He is married and a doting father. Some interesting facts about him.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2020, 11.42 AM IST
In his blood

Taylor Fritz had normal schooling till he was 16, but eventually had to give up to focus on tennis. Both his parents — father Guy Fritz and
mother Kathy May — were professional tennis players. Kathy once ranked No. 10, with three Grand Slam quarterfinals on her resume.

First Slam title

At just 17, Fritz was ranked number one by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in the boy’s junior category. In 2015, he won the junior US Open, beating junior rival Tommy Paul.

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A family man

Fritz married fellow tennis player Raquel Pedraza, his long-time girlfriend who he proposed to under the Eiffel Tower in 2016. During an interview at Wimbledon, Fritz said, “I am an adult.

Taylor Fritz and wife and fellow tennis player Raquel Pedraza. (Image: Instagram/Taylor Fritz)

In every aspect of my life… I have a lot more responsibilities than a lot of people my age. Of course, going to school and going to college would be a lot of fun. But I would never trade what I have here for that.”

In January this year, the couple welcomed their first child, a son. “Nothing’s changed since I became a father. My wife Raquel has really stepped up
and she’s just doing an incredible job, because my dream is to just be the best tennis player I can possibly be…It’s really amazing. He’s here,” the young tennis star said recently during the Indian Wells.

Off the court

The American tennis star is a Manchester United fan who watches their matches wherever he is in the world. Fritz has also done a few modelling assignments for a suiting brand. He has also been featured on a number of magazine fashion spreads.
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