Fritz’s victory over a qualifier, 6-3 6-1 6-4 He reached the last eight here thanks to Jason Kubler, matching his mother Kathy May’s achievement of reaching three grand slam quarterfinals in the late 1970s.
On day eight of the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London, American Taylor Fritz faces off against Australian Jason Kubler in a men’s singles fourth round match. (AP | PTI)
Taylor Fritz, the 11th seed at Wimbledon, wasn’t even his family’s top tennis player before to Monday.
But the American eventually earned his family’s stripes by making it to the quarterfinals of the grasscourt grand slam with a few heavy swipes of a bright coral-colored racket on Court One.
He reached the last eight here after defeating qualifier Jason Kubler 6-3 6-1 6-4, matching his mother Kathy May’s feat of reaching three major slam quarterfinals in the late 1970s.
The 24-year-old Fritz remarked, “My first grand slam quarter-final, that’s really a significant deal,” as he walked off the court. “I made the final eight, and… Being American, I’m delighted I was able to win on July Fourth.
Fritz, the tournament’s defending champion on grass at Eastbourne, put up a powerful and commanding performance. The outcome was never really in doubt from the off, and the gap between the players’ abilities only grew larger as the match went on.
By making it to the second week, Australian qualifier Kubler had already added another chapter to his inspiring tale of triumph over hardship. He has had six knee surgeries to advance his career, but he recently ran out of gas on the Wimbledon road.