Taylor Fritz has opened up about his decision to skip college and turn pro at 17 as he believes that having the inner belief is the key to becoming successful. Fritz, who is now 25, was considered one of the most talented junior players in the United States.
In 2015, Fritz made the call to pursue pro tennis and skip college. Eight years later, Fritz is a Masters champion and he is enjoying a career-high ranking of No 8 in the world. “Turning pro at 17, I would say, is every top junior’s fear.
What I did so well in the juniors, what if I don’t make it. I felt like a switch flip as soon as I turned pro, and I was like ‘now it’s all real’ Everything I did before was awesome, but now it’s like ‘this is, this is it’ I’ve always known like, how can you ever be the best in the world, if you don’t truly, like, believe you can be.
You’re never going to accomplish all the goals if you want to if you actually have that belief that you can do it,” Fritz told Team Optimum, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Fritz: A tennis season is very demanding
A tennis season lasts nearly 11 months and Fritz noted that having a strong and proper diet is a must for every tennis pro.
“Tennis is basically year round. The season is ten months of the year, pretty much playing every week, so you have to be physically strong for your body to hold up. The everyday training, it varies, based on tournaments coming up, what I’m doing.
Optimum nutrition fits into my routine in a lot of ways. I’m having protein after every practice, after every match. When I’m in a tournament training and playing, I’m always cycling through the protein as much as possible,” Fritz explained.
Meanwhile, Fritz kicked off his 2023 season at the United Cup, where he helped the United States win the title. After the United Cup, Fritz suffered a disappointment at the Australian Open as he picked up a surprise second-round defeat against Alexei Popyrin.
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