“Having to Get Wheeled Off”: Taylor Fritz Shares Good and Bad News Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/05/2021, 9:03 AM EDT
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – MARCH 17: Taylor Fritz of the USA is dejected during the round of 16 match between Taylor Fritz of the USA and Andrey Rublev of Russia during Day Eleven of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on March 17, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

American No.1 Taylor Fritz exited the French Open 2021 in the most dramatic way, that is, in a wheelchair. Facing a match point in the second round, he hit a forehand and then fell on his knees, unable to get up afterward.


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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

Unquestionably, tennis fans and Taylor’s closed ones got worried looking at the horrific scene. For this, the 23-year-old has provided an update about the scale of his injury.


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Taylor Fritz calls return at Wimbledon a ‘good chance’

30th seed Taylor Fritz came in as the favorite against German Dominik Koepfer at the French Open 2021 second-round. However, he couldn’t the fight into a win, losing the match 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6.

More than his loss, the American suffered more pain from his fall. Following that, Taylor apologized to everyone for making them worried and explained what happened on Twitter.

In his statement, the American wrote that he came down from a forehand on match point and ‘heard a pop’ in his knee. Taylor added that he couldn’t move or get up to shake hands at the net.

Furthermore, Taylor added that there was no alternative to his wheelchair situation. He also stated that he wanted to do well at Roland-Garros, but instead, he received a double blow.

Ultimately, the American highlighted that there is good and bad news about his injury. It arrived at the information after getting scanned post his match.

“The bad news being I tore my meniscus and need surgery,” Taylor wrote. “The good news being that of all the knee tears, this will be the quickest and easiest recovery. My recovery will be 100%, and there’s a good chance I can be back in time for Wimbledon.”

Concluding, the American thanked everyone for their kind words and support. From now on, his focus is on getting better and returning to the court soon.

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Second-round exit, injury, what more did Fritz lose at Roland-Garros 2021?


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Unfortunately, Fritz lost the chance to share the Parisian clay court with the Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the third round. Dominik Koepfer will play the 20-time Grand Slam champion instead.

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

Above all, Fritz is confident to come back faster, and that is all that matters. Hopefully, he will make up for his loss at Roland-Garros clay on Wimbledon grass. Get well soon, Taylor!


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Purav Joshi

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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.