World No. 40 Taylor Fritz couldn’t hide his happiness after making a victorious comeback at Wimbledon. At the French Open, Fritz suffered a knee injury and he left the court in a wheelchair. On Wednesday, Fritz beat fellow American Brandon Nakashima 7-5 3-6 6-4 7-5.
“It’s pretty amazing. This win means a lot more to me than a lot of people realise and than a lot of other big matches I had, just because I literally had surgery exactly three weeks ago,” Fritz said.
Fritz says ‘amazing’ how everything worked out
“To be here and actually feel like I’m moving 100 per cent and playing well and getting a win against a very good player — I think he would have beaten a lot of people in the draw the way he played today — it’s just amazing to see all the hard work I put in”.
“I think the worst thing was when I originally did the injury and I tried to stand up. I limped my way to the net to shake hands, then I tried to stand up afterwards to walk off the court and I couldn’t even stand.
That’s when I looked at my coaches and I was like, ‘Guys, I can be out for a long time,’” Fritz recalled. “I had never experienced something [like that]. I’ve had tweaks and I’ve had injuries.
I’m very loose-jointed, so typically I don’t get injured that easily I feel like. I just looked at my team and was like, ‘Guys, this could be it for a while.’” Fritz was lucky that he escaped a major damage to his knee.
“When I woke up [from the surgery], he said he didn’t actually have to repair it. They were just able to snip it out and the rest of my cartilage, the rest of my meniscus and everything was intact. Not damaged at all.
[It] didn’t need any kind of fixing,” Fritz said. “That was when I was like, ‘Wow, I can do all the right things right now and I might be able to play Wimbledon.’”