“Has To Regroup”: Andy Roddick Reflects on Taylor Fritz Situation at National Bank Open 2021

Published 08/10/2021, 6:30 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 tennis player Taylor Fritz has been a popular name in American tennis. However, there was an unfortunate incident with the player as he crashed out in the opening round of the ATP event in Montreal. He lost to Australian tennis player James Duckworth in straight sets. 

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After the tournament ended, tennis legend Andy Roddick spoke about Taylor Fritz and the events that took place during the match. He felt that the youngster should sort his issues physically. If he intends to be a top 10 player, he needs to get the better of players like Duckworth. 

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The former US Open champion stated, “It’s a weird match to analyze. At face value, Taylor Fritz has been a guy who has been close to the top 20 but maybe not quite there. We’ve been talking about him for a while. Can he break into the top 10? If you’re gonna do that, then you got to beat Duckworth in a big tournament like this.”

Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Taylor Fritz of the United States stretches for a forehand against Denis Kudla of the United States (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor Fritz struggled in Montreal 

During the match, Fritz suffered some complications with his heart. The temperatures were really high too, which probably had an impact on him. However, if he wants to make it big, he needs to be able to get used to these situations. 

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Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Taylor Fritz of the United States serves against Denis Kudla of the United States (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The former World No. 1 added, “Taylor was struggling physically, wasn’t really sure what was going on… He looked exhausted and there was a lot of talk about heat and humidity today… Fritz has to regroup, get his body right. He’ll be hoping… what’s happening with his heart isn’t too serious.”

This season, Fritz began by competing in Melbourne but lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets. At the French Open, he lost in the second round. Later at the Wimbledon Championships, he lost in the third round. Fans will wish that he recovers soon to compete at the US Open later this month. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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