Taylor Fritz clarifies ‘his insult’ of Stefanos Tsitsipas after writing ‘USA CLAY’ on the camera after Monte Carlo win

Taylor Fritz explains the logic behind “USA CLAY” Written on camera after dispatching Stefanos Tsitsipas

Taylor Fritz clarifies ‘his insult’ of Stefanos Tsitsipas after writing ‘USA CLAY’ on the camera after Monte Carlo win

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Taylor Fritz

American World No.10 Taylor Fritz gave his explanation about his writings on camera after a scintillating win over the Greek defending champion Stefanos Tsistsipas in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters. The final score was 6-2, 6-4. Following the win, Fritz wrote on the camera instead of a normal signature -“USA clay”. This was considered to be a reply to Stef’s remark about having poor clay courts in the USA.


As per Fritz’s explanation in the press conference, “No, I wouldn’t say — no, no, no, not insult. Yeah, let’s talk about this before people get — I don’t want people to, like, think there is some crazy like beef or something. Like it’s more just like a joke, like what he wrote the other day.”

The American continued, “I mean, what I take from it is he’s just saying like clay courts in the U.S. aren’t very good or they don’t make sense, which is totally fair. I think maybe people think I write something back on the camera because I’m offended or I’m upset. Not at all (smiling). Like I don’t care at all. I guess people don’t know me. I’m like the hardest person to like offend or upset. Like I don’t care (smiling).”

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Taylor Fritz will take on Andrey Rublev in the semi-finals

Taylor Fritz

The American world number 10 Taylor Fritz has a huge chance of winning his second ATP-1000 tournament if he can win two more matches. His next opponent is the Russian world number 6 Andrey Rublev. The Russian moved to the last four after dispatching German unseeded player Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 7-6 (7-5). These to have played six times before and the American leads the head-to-head 4-2. He also won their last three meetings.

Even though Fritz has a mental advantage over the Russian, all of their previous six meetings were on hard courts. On clay where Rublev has a better history, the match is going to be really tough for the American. But if he can continue the game plan he executed against the Greek, the tennis world can expect a firecracker in the Monte Carlo masters.

In the other semi-final 6th seed Holger Rune will take on the Italian 7th seed Jannik Sinner. Both of the semi-finals are expected to be close encounters considering the form and experience level of the players.

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