In a month that has included taking a set off of Roger Federer and playing on the No. 1 court at Wimbledon, Rancho Santa Fe tennis superstar Taylor Fritz’s favorite day was July 7.
That was when the 18-year-old, who is ranked 65th in the world, married longtime girlfriend Raquel Pedraza at the Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe.
Despite taking the court for pressure-packed moments like Wimbledon and the 2015 U.S. Open Junior Championship (which he won), Fritz admitted to feeling nervous before his wedding as well.
“I’m definitely a little nervous. I think that’s pretty normal.”
What isn’t exactly normal is how close the couple has grown, even at such a young age. Pedraza, also a junior tennis standout, has been with Fritz during his rise from a solid junior athlete to one of the best tennis players in the world.
“We’ve been together traveling around the world for almost three years,” Fritz explained. “It’s not like a relationship a lot of 16, 17, 18-year-olds have when they are growing up. At this point, she is a whole part of my team, and it makes complete sense for us to (get married).
“She’s been a pretty big part (of my success). When we first started going out, I was ranked 1,000-something in the world in juniors. Since then, I’ve become the No. 1 junior in the world — in 2015 the junior world champion — and now I’m top-100 in the world in the men’s. I wouldn’t be here without her.”
Fritz proposed to Pedraza in front of the Eiffel Tower.
“The pictures looked great, but it was actually pouring rain.”
Those kind of memorable moments have come fast and furious recently for the young net star, including a June 9 Mercedes Cup match against Roger Federer in Stuttgart. Fritz won the second set in a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 decision.
Then on June 28, Fritz took on No. 5 ranked Stan Wawrinka on June 28 at Wimbledon, losing the first-round match in four sets.
“Playing Federer and almost beating him was a really big moment, just winning that second set, the feeling I got was amazing,” Fritz said. “This is a guy I watched win everything when I was a kid. And then playing Wawrinka on court 1 at Wimbledon was a great experience as well.”
Currently living in Rancho Santa Fe, the couple doesn’t know exactly what the future holds as Fritz looks to continue his tennis success and his wife looks toward a career in real estate.
“I’m not sure where I want to move for my tennis, whether it is L.A. or Orlando or I get a place here. I’m still trying to figure it out,” Fritz said. “I definitely want to live here when everything is done with the tennis.”