Tennis return before the US Open 'unrealistic': Taylor Fritz
TOKYO: Rising American tennis star Taylor Fritz He said Monday that he is in the best shape of his life preparing to get out of quarantine, but he believes it is unrealistic to expect that to happen before United States Open in August.
With ATP and WTA tours suspended until mid-July at the earliest due to the coronavirus In a pandemic, Fritz is making the best insulation at his home in Los Angeles.
The world number 24 has a gym set up at home and use of a private tennis court.
I am spending more time exercising than training these days. There is nothing else I can really do, Fritz told Reuters on Monday.
Fritz said he could play tomorrow if the tour was restarted, and believes his extra work during isolation could pay dividends when play resumes.
I could (play) right now. I've been practicing long enough to maintain my level and then, with all the things I've been doing in the gym, I'm in top shape, he said.
I'm ready to go.
I think this time it will be really interesting when all the players go back to play because then you will see which players took time to improve their fitness and get stronger and which players did not work during this time.
The coronavirus outbreak has played havoc with the tennis season, causing the cancellation of Wimbledon and pushing the French Open back until September.
Tournament organisers are hopeful that the United States Open , scheduled to begin in New York on August 25, can go ahead but Fritz isn't so sure.
They are aiming for a certain time, but I think that time is a bit unrealistic, he said.
The goal is to play the United States Open, but personally I don't know how they are going to be able to do it.
They want to be optimistic, but it is difficult, since it continues to be rejected.
The forced break came at a bad time for Fritz, who reached his first ATP final before losing to Rafael Nadal at the Mexico Open.
That was a great result for me, so I would say after that my season was going very well and I was excited to bring that momentum to Indian Wells and Miami, the 22-year-old said.
So it sucks that they were canceled because I thought I had a hot streak.
Uncertainty provides additional challenges for players, but having an ATP rating of 24 in his highest career helps give Fritz peace of mind.
Mentally it is difficult without having a start date. It would be easier if we had a start date, he said.
At least for me, mentally, I am in a good place because I am rated quite high, so I am happy.
Although he focused on being ready when the game resumes, Fritz has enjoyed having a little time off the tour to relax and play some video games.
He brought his recent real-life good form to Sunday's Stay At Home Slam, where he won $ 1 million for charity by playing Mario Tennis alongside his doubles partner, Tik Tok personality Addison Rae.
I was excited because I like to play video games. I think I'm pretty good, he said.
“There was a million dollars for charity on the line, so we wanted to make sure we practiced a little. From the first time we were introduced, we both took the victory seriously and she was quite competitive. ”