Taylor Fritz moves onto the finals of JSM Challenger

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JSM Challenger Tennis News

After an exciting day of semifinal action, the No. 1 junior in the world, Taylor Fritz, moves onto the finals. The doubles final will begin tomorrow Nov. 21 at noon. Singles will follow thereafter, not before 1:00pm.

In today’s semifinal matches, Taylor Fritz defeated qualifier and UCLA two-time All-American Mackenzie McDonald 6-2 in the final set. In the other half of the draw, Henri Laaksonen defeated other qualifier Clay Thompson 7-6(2) in the final set. As for doubles, the number one seeded team Austin Krajicek and partner Nicholas Monroe won in straight sets to move onto the finals. David O’hare and Joe Salisbury, on the other hand, defeated the second seeds Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen.

In the singles final, Fritz will take on Laaksonen of Switzerland. Laaksonen is currently ranked 290 in the world according to the ATP rankings. So far this tournament, Laaksonen has defeated last year’s finalist, Frederik Nielsen.

Fritz, however, will be the player to watch tomorrow as he is competing for a chance at the Australian Open wild card. If Fritz wins tomorrow and moves above the challenge leader Noah Rubin in the ATP rankings, he will receive the wild card and compete in the main draw of the 2016 Australian Open in January.

“Compared with last tournament (my play) has been incredible,” Fritz said. “The wildcard’s not on my mind. I’m just going to go out and play the match and if I win then I get it and it’s a nice bonus, but I’m not going to worry about it.”

In the doubles final, No. 1 seeded pairing Krajicek and Monroe will take on O’hare and Salisbury. The first seeds have yet to lose a set this tournament.


Singles – Semifinals
T. Fritz (USA) d [Q] M. McDonald (USA) 67(4) 62 62
H. Laaksonen (SUI) d [Q] C. Thompson (USA) 57 63 76(2)

Doubles – Semifinals
[1] A. Krajicek (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d J. Milton (GBR) / J. Smith (AUS) 76(3) 62
D. O’hare (IRL) / J. Salisbury (GBR) d [2] J. Brunstrom (SWE) / F. Nielsen (DEN) 46 76(2) 10-8



COURT 1 start 12:00 noon

[1] A. Krajicek (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) vs D. O’hare (IRL) / J. Salisbury (GBR)


Not Before 1:00 pm

T. Fritz (USA) vs H. Laaksonen (SUI)

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