Taylor Fritz doesn’t get interviewed often, as he’s still rising up the American depth charts.
But if his post-match interview after a win over childhood rival Liam Caruana of Italy at the Next-Gen finals is a sample, he has plenty of insight to offer.
It wasn’t so much the praise for his opponent. It was that he was able to see the other side of the court and realize that much of his opponent’s success (even in a losing cause) came from his good play – not Fritz’s poor play.
Everything looked aces for 2014 Orange Bowl champion Stefan Kozlov as he headed to the top 100 in 2017. The 20-year-old was part of that American next wave with Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, Michael Mmoh, and Tommy Paul.
But while Tiafoe, Fritz and Stefanos Tsitipas (his victim in that Orange Bowl final) are in Milan this week, Kozlov is ranked … No. 414.
One explanation comes from father Andrey, who was competing at the ITF World Seniors Championships in Florida a few weeks ago.
It didn’t take long after their relationship began with a trial in Sept. 2015 that two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza and coach Sam Sumyk’s on-court coaching consults became an exercise in drama.
But as the 2018 season wraps up, it’s gone up a notch.
This exchange – as Muguruza was trounced 6-2, 6-0 by Qiang Wang in Zhuhai Saturday – ended with Sumyk uttering a profanity and walking off the court. It was a step up from a month ago.
It seems Magnus Norman’s return to Team Wawrinka wasn’t just temporary.
“He’s been so motivated all year, pushing really hard physically but even more mentally, with his body and the knee, to play tennis again,” Norman said in an interview on his academy’s website.
“He’s very motivated for next year. He’s already talking about the off-season and the pre-season. The whole team is looking forward for next year,” Norman added. “We really want to go in with a positive mindset, a healthy body and a healthy mind to be able to push maximum and prepare for 2019.”