Taylor Fritz was having a smooth match against Daniel Evans on Thursday in Washington. The American player was comfortably leading 6-3 4-2 before things went south. Taylor could not cope with the harsh conditions and eventually, he had to withdraw in the third set.
Later, Fritz explained what happened with a post on social media. This is what he wrote.
First off, health wise I’m okay. I feel embarrassed not being able to finish a match. I’ve never pulled out of a match in my life but after my episode in Toronto last year where I pushed myself to finish the match and almost passed out, I assured my team I would pull out if similar symptoms happened again.
Typically, I pride myself on my fitness and ability to compete in very hot/ humid, brutal conditions like today. Many don’t know this but I have been in a boot since Wimbledon and although I have been doing heavy fitness while in the boot, no amount of assault bike in the gym can prepare you for playing a long match in these type of conditions.
I started practice on court again this Saturday so playing here in DC was definitely ambitious but I’m really happy with my actual level of tennis and I’m really happy that my foot is feeling good.
Today I constantly felt like I was going to pass out, my vision was going fuzzy, and the only thing that can really prepare me for playing in these conditions… is playing in these conditions, something I just haven’t been able to do while nursing my foot. Now that my foot feels better I can finally put in the on court work and be prepared for the rest of the year. Sorry if I worried anyone.
Taylor will now head to Montreal where he will play in the upcoming ATP 1000 tournament.
Taylor Harry Fritz in 2022
Ranked no.13, Fritz played his last match on the 4th of August when he had to retire when playing against world no.40 Daniel Evans in the 3rd round and the scoreline was 3-6 7-6(6) 4-1 .
Currently, during this season the American has managed to achieve a composed 30-12 record. Fritz conquered 2 titles in 2022 in Indian Wells and in Eastbourne.
Evans in Washington, ranking, and results in 2022
Ranked world no.40, the Brit achieved a compiled 20-16 record in 2022. The Brit is now having a run in Washington where he overcame the world no.639 Kyle Edmund 6-1 6-2 and the world no.13 Taylor Harry Fritz 3-6 7-66 4-1 ret..
Daniel has won 1 title in 2022 in the Nottingham Challenger.
Taylor Harry Fritz and Daniel Evans clashed against each other 3 times. Their actual head to head record is 2-1 for Fritz. Before, the last time they competed against each other, Daniel Evans won 3-6 7-6(6) 4-1 ret. in the 3rd round in Washington (Citi Open) on the 4th of August 2022.
In the following video you can watch the highlights.
Taylor Harry Fritz and Daniel Evans
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