(September 13, 2015World No. 1-ranked junior Taylor Fritz (17, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) captured the US Open boys’ singles title on Sunday, defeating countryman and No. 5 seed Tommy Paul, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Fritz joins Paul, who beat Fritz in the French Open boys’ final in June, and Reilly Opelka (Wimbledon) as Americans to win Grand Slam boys’ singles titles this year. Fritz’s victory marks the first time since the US Open began hosting junior championships in 1973 that three different American boys won junior Slam titles in the same year.
For Fritz this was his last junior event. “It’s the perfect ending,” He said. “I can’t believe I actually got the perfect ending.”
“I thought I played very well, actually. Minus the serving, minus how the serving kind of lost me when I came back after the rain delay, besides that, I thought I played very well the whole time, especially towards the end from the ground. I thought it was a very, very good match. We had a lot of long points.
“I think also what contributed to that was the fact that it was dark outside. I think the ball wasn’t flying through the air as fast as it would in the daytime. Both of us were having trouble putting the ball away.”
“If I could come back to the US Open next year I’d be happy. I would like to be around — I would like to be able to get into the qualifying off a ranking. That would be nice.
“Like I said, I’m not gonna try and set too many goals for myself because I don’t know how it’s going to pan out over the next year transitioning into the pros.
“So I’m just going to try my best to get up there, and once I know where I’m at, then I can try and set goals for myself.”
In the girls’ singles final, American Sofia Kenin fell to No. 2 seed Dalma Galfi, of Hungary, 7-5, 6-4.
“I can’t really explain my feelings right now, ” Galfi said. “I’m just really happy how I did in the last week. I think I did a really great job, and I played really well the whole tournament after — I mean, not the whole tournament. After my first round. I almost lost there.”
Galfi became the first person from Hungary to win a US Open Junior title.
“I’m really proud that I could represent my country, I can present my country with this trophy,” she said. “I’m really happy that I could do that for my country and for myself.”
In the boys’ doubles final, the American team of Brandon Holt and Riley Smith lost to the Canadian pair of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, 7-5, 7-6(3).
Boys’ singles final:
World No. 1-ranked Taylor Fritz (17, Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.) def. No. 5 seed Tommy Paul, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2.
Girls’ singles final:
Dalma Galfi (Hungary) def. No. 9 seed Sofia Kenin (16, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), 7-5, 6-4.
Boys’ doubles final:
Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada) and Denis Shapovalov (Canada) def. Brandon Holt (17, Rolling Hills, Calif.) and Riley Smith (Los Alamitos, Calif.), 7-5, 7-6(3).