Taylor Fritz andIt is the most representative American tennis at this point in the men’s season. The defending champion from Indian Wells rode in the Dallas 250, where he was defeated by Chinese outsider Yibing Wu. As of Monday he will be number 7 in the ATP Ranking.
A great result that attests to the goodness of his work in the last year. However, the 25-year-old did not start the season as he would have liked, stopping prematurely at the Australian Open, led by Alexei Popyrin.
Even a small hip problem keeps Fritz apprehensive, who wants to be ready for the Sunshine Double in March between Florida and California. The pressure for the points to defend in the Indian Wells 1000 tournament does not scare him.
Taylor Fritz: «I don’t feel the pressure»
Fritz explained: «I took a few weeks off and then trained, although not as much as I would have liked, since I have had to live with an injury in recent weeks. It’s a small hip problem that has been bothering me since the start of the United Cup.
So the preparation has not been ideal, but I have had the time and the possibility to relax for almost two weeks. It is what I needed and now I feel ready to compete. I don’t particularly feel the pressure.Every year in the race we all start from scratch.
So I don’t feel any special pressure to win Indian Wells again. It’s definitely a tournament where I always play well and that means a lot to me, but today I’m already in the top ten of the competition, so I’m in line with the goals we’ve set for this season.» words about his friend Reilly Opelka, out for about eight months due to a hip injury that slowed his progress and prevented him from participating in the tournament in Dallas, where he was champion last year.
USA said: «It’s horrible. He started last season very strong and was playing some great tennis. His injury is something that can happen to any of us at any time. You never know when he might be out for eight months. It’s very sad». to see him because he is also one of my best friends, I hope to have him back soon and to spend time with him».