Fritz received a wildcard to enter his first ATP 250 tournament of 2016, which was held in Memphis. There, he defeated the second-seeded Steve Johnson, who was the man with the highest ranking that Fritz had ever taken down.
Johnson was ranked No. 29. As a result of his victory over Riardas Berankis in the semifinal, he not only became the youngest American to reach an ATP final since Michael Chang in 1988, but he also became the second-fastest American ever to reach an ATP final, doing so in just his third career ATP tournament.
Michael Chang was the youngest American to reach an ATP final in 1988.
Only John Isner of the United States was successful in making it to an ATP final more quickly. Kei Nishikori, a top-10 player, and three-time defending champion defeated Fritz in the championship match.
In February, Fritz became the first player in his career to breach the top 100 by advancing to the quarterfinals of his first-ever ATP 500 event, which took place in Acapulco.
The match between Fritz and Roger Federer at Stuttgart, which went to three sets, was the highlight of Fritz’s grasscourt season.
By the conclusion of the summer, he would reach his highest position in the rankings, which was 53rd overall.
Fritz was eliminated in five sets for the second time this year after drawing Jack Sock in the opening round of a major tournament for the second time this year at the US Open.
As the year came to a close, Fritz was awarded the ATP Star of Tomorrow title. He had just turned 19 years old at the time, making him the youngest player ranked in the top 100.
How Tall is Taylor Fritz?
Taylor Fritz’s height is 1.96 m.