Aviators Announce Taylor FritzMay 09, 2018
TAYLOR FRITZ TO OPEN UPCOMING WORLD TEAMTENNIS SEASON WITH
SAN DIEGO AVIATORS AT OMNI LA COSTA RESORT & SPA
Rancho Santa Fe Native to Play WTT Matches on Sunday, July 15 & Monday, July 16
CARLSBAD, Calif. – (May 9, 2018) – Taylor Fritz, one of the up-and-coming stars on the ATP World Tour, has signed with the San Diego Aviators to play their first two home matches of the upcoming World TeamTennis season, which will be played this summer from July 15 through August 2 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.
Fritz, a 20-year-old native of nearby Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., will play the Aviators home opener on Sunday, July 15 against the Springfield Lasers and the following night on Monday, July 16 against the visiting Philadelphia Freedoms.
“I’m very excited to open the season with the San Diego Aviators and looking forward to playing World TeamTennis at La Costa this summer,” said Fritz, who currently lives in Palos Verdes, Calif. “I’ve always enjoyed competing in the team format in WTT and the atmosphere with the fans makes it even more special. It’s going to feel great to play close to where I grew up and I hope fans will come out and support the home team.”
In addition to Fritz, the Aviators 2018 roster will include Naomi Broady and Marcus Willis from Great Britain, along with doubles specialists Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Marcin Matkowski of Poland. This season will mark the second time Fritz will represent the Aviators in World TeamTennis after having played for San Diego during the 2015 WTT campaign.
In 2016, at the age of 18, Fritz advanced to his first career ATP World Tour final in Memphis as a wild card in only his third tour-level event. He was the youngest American to reach an ATP World Tour final since 17-year-old Michael Chang accomplished the feat in 1989. Fritz achieved a career-high No. 53 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings in 2016 and is currently ranked No. 68 in the world (as of 5/7/18).
Before turning professional in 2015, Fritz captured the CIF San Diego Section boys’ singles title in 2013 while playing for Torrey Pines High School.
“We are delighted to have Taylor Fritz join us for our first two matches,” said Aviators Coach John Lloyd, who returns for his fourth straight year at the helm. “He’s going to bring a lot of energy and excitement in helping us to get our season off to a strong start.”
J. Fred Sidhu
San Diego Aviators