“Doesn’t Feel Real”: Taylor Fritz Surprised With Quick Recovery From Surgery After Wimbledon Championships 2021 R2 Win

Published 07/02/2021, 12:59 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 11, 2021 Taylor Fritz of the U.S. in action during his second round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


American World No.40 Taylor Fritz had cast dark clouds over his grass-court season after getting injured at French Open 2021. However, he has surprised himself with an unexpectedly pleasant start at Wimbledon Championships 2021.

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Three weeks ago, facing a match point at Roland-Garros R2, Fritz hurt his knee terribly and left in a wheelchair. Later on, he revealed that he had torn his meniscus and required surgery.

“This will be the quickest and easiest recovery,” he said. “My recovery will be 100%, and there’s a good chance I can be back in time for Wimbledon.”

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Taylor Fritz of the U.S. reacts during his third round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Now, the former American No.1 is through to the third round at the Championships. And more than anyone, he has surprised himself with his knee recovery.

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“Doesn’t feel real to me”: Taylor Fritz updates on recovery from surgery after Wimbledon R2 win

To become a part of the last 32, Fritz overcame two fellow countrymen, Brandon Nakashima and Steve Johnson. It took him six hours, 27 minutes, and nine sets on two consecutive days to do so. Consequently, he posted a “Built different” message on his Twitter.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 10, 2021 Taylor Fritz of the U.S. in action during his first round match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

According to Fritz, it is a term he uses ironically among friends when something good happens. But this time, he had a legit reason to use it. Also, he opened up on his surprising performance at Wimbledon.

“This is the first time I very unironically said, you know ‘built different,’ like it’s nine sets in 26 hours, you know four sets, five sets back to back. [I] just had knee surgery three weeks ago; it doesn’t even feel real to me; I don’t even know how is it possible,” Fritz said. “I was just saying to my physio when we’re getting worked on like I just don’t understand how my knee feels so good right now.”

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Surprisingly, the talented American has never won a third-round match in any Grand Slam tournament so far. On top of that, his next opponent is fourth seed Alexander Zverev, one of the finest players on the Tour currently.

Also, since the exit of John Isner and Reilly Opelka, Fritz is the highest-ranked American male player at Wimbledon. Let’s see if he can continue the same and grab his best Slam result at Wimbledon Championships 2021.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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