Fritz named ATP Star of Tomorrow Presented by Emirates
American teenager is the youngest player in the Emirates ATP Rankings Top 100
American Taylor Fritz ended his 2016 season as the ATP Star of Tomorrow presented by Emirates. The honour was bestowed upon the teenager at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Official Launch in London on Thursday night.
This category in its fourth year, replacing the player-voted Newcomer of the Year, is awarded to the youngest player in the Top 100 of Emirates ATP Rankings as of 7 November.
"It means so much. I never thought last year or the year before that I’d be here,” said Fritz. “It means a lot to show all that I’ve worked for and all the hard work I’ve been doing… trying to be the best. It’s paying off. I’m moving in the right direction. It’s a huge honour.”
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Fritz, who celebrated his 19th birthday at the end of the October, became the youngest ATP finalist since 2008 when he finished runner-up at the Memphis Open. The California native won 15 tour-level matches and reached a career-high No. 53 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in August. Two other contenders in this category, 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe and 20-year-old Jared Donaldson, finished behind their countryman at No. 102 and No. 108 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.