Taylor Fritz Calls for ‘More Incentive’ as He Sheds Light on His Views on Representing America at the Olympics

Published 12/29/2023, 4:32 AM EST

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The new tennis season is about to begin and fans are finding it hard to hold their excitement down. While players are currently getting their schedules and strategies planned, they sure have the Olympics on the list as well. As the event stands to be one of the most valuable ones for every athlete out there, it looks like Taylor Fritz expects more out of it.

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Players take time to hit the Olympics to achieve national and individual success. While the event has no contribution to the rankings and incentives, Taylor Fritz recently came forward to raise concerns about the process.

Taylor Fritz demands an incentive-based reward pattern at the Olympics

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As the new tennis season is about to bring the Olympics in line for the players, Taylor Fritz recently voiced his opinion on the prestigious event. Fritz expressed, “I think definitely they should bring back points. There needs to be some type of incentive.” Suggesting that adding ranking points would provide players with a stronger incentive to participate, the young star supported his statement with several justifications.

He mentioned the impact on players, especially Americans, as they have to miss two weeks of the year on US hard courts to be a part of the Olympics. He also pointed out that the current setup would not totally be in favor of the players, saying,“Going to the Olympics, you go there to win a medal. If I go there & don’t win a medal, then it’s not really.. I don’t know, it’s an experience, but I’m not doing much for my country if I’m not winning a medal.”

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The 26-year-old concluded his verdict by expressing the desire for incentives beyond medals. “It would be nice if there was more incentive, he added. While the tennis star stepped forward to suggest changes for such a high authority event, it still remains to be seen if other players agree to his verdict or not.

Road to the medals through Clay courts

While Taylor Fritz offered his advice on bringing back the incentive procedure of rewarding players, it was totally based on the history of the event. The Olympics offered incentive points from 2004 to 2012, providing players with a chance to aim towards points as well as medals. However, the Rio Olympics 2016 marked an end to this system, shifting the focus only towards medals. As a majority of the players plan to be a part of the event, Fritz is still not backed by any strong verdicts on the same note.

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As the Roland-Garros Stadium is set to host the tennis events during the Paris 2024 Olympics, this would mark an evident change in the scenario. The tournament will return to clay courts after the last eight events being held on hard courts. While it has been long since the players battled on clay courts for the Olympics, the road to the medals is surely going to be full of challenges.

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Akshay Kapoor

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Born into a family that practically breathes tennis, I spent my early childhood days huddled together with my loved ones, watching the electrifying rallies of the legendary Rafael Nadal. Such a unique experience forged a lifelong love for the sport in me. Before joining EssentiallySports, I honed my skills while working for a regional website, covering a variety of sports.
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