“Physical Therapy Daily is Paying Off”: Taylor Fritz Gives Injury Update Ahead of Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/17/2021, 5:15 AM EDT
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


Taylor Fritz recently sustained a knee injury, after losing his French Open second-round match against Dominik Koepfer. He lost 3-5, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 against the World No. 53. The World No. 36 sustained a meniscus tear in his knee, during the four-set loss against the German.

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The 23-year-old has given updates on his injury and his preparation ahead of the Wimbledon Championships. He had a successful knee surgery eight days ago, has started physical therapy and is on his way towards recovery.

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)

Taylor Fritz and his run at the Roland Garros

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Taylor Fritz won the first round of the competition against Joao Sousa. He brushed past the Portuguese in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4, and set up a second-round clash with German international, Dominik Koepfer.

The American had enjoyed a better head-to-head record against the German, having beaten him twice earlier. But the clay-court battle was not an easy one for either player. However, the World No. 53 tasted victory after 2h 35m of brilliant tennis. It was an upset that the German pulled off with his strength and skill. Taylor had to leave the court in a wheelchair as he suffered the knee injury during the game.

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The American is hopeful of coming back on the court for the Wimbledon Championships. In the last five tournaments, Fritz has only managed to reach the semifinal stage of one tournament. He reached the semifinals of the Sardegna Open in April, eventually losing to Lorenzo Sonego. The rest of the tournaments were just second and third-round losses for the American.

Fritz will be looking to overcome his weaknesses and have a splendid grass-court campaign at the Wimbledon Championships. Fritz turned pro in 2015 and this will be his fifth Wimbledon appearance. He will be determined to finish higher than his previous results, which were second-round finishes in 2018 and 2019. With an injured knee and the recent surgery, it will be a tough challenge for the 23-year-old to enjoy a higher finish.

The Wimbledon Championships will begin on June 28, and the men’s singles draw will be out on June 25.

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