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Rancho Santa Fe’s Taylor Fritz widely considered ‘new face of American tennis’

Rancho Santa Fe’s Taylor Fritz widely considered ‘new face of American tennis’

It’s being said in outlets such as USA Today and on ESPN: Taylor Fritz, the 17-year-old former Torrey Pines High School student, is “the most exciting young tennis player in the world,” “the savior of US men’s tennis,” “the next Andy Roddick,” and, according to the The Los Angeles Times, “the next big thing in tennis,” period.

So what does Fritz think of all of the recent attention being showered upon him? “It’s amazing,” he said, quickly adding that he tries not to let the adoration and hype go to his head. “It’s a great accomplishment, but a lot of people have been hyped up in the past who haven’t lived up to it. So I try not to get too cocky about it.”

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