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ATP player Fritz staying busy with esports

Field Level Media
25 May 2020, 03:05 GMT+10

Taylor Fritz isn't playing tennis at the moment, however the 22-year-old remains active by competing in several celebrity charity esports tournaments.

Perhaps that should come as no surprise for Fritz, who became the first professional tennis player to invest into the esports industry in December by partnering with global conglomerate ReKTGLobal.

Fritz lists Fortnite, Call of Duty and FIFA as his favorite games to play when he's on the road at ATP events.

"I always thought that the esports market was going to be big. I thought that it was a good time (to invest) and an opportunity presented itself, so I went for it," Fritz told ATPTour.com. "I've watched a lot of the London Royal Ravens in the Call of Duty League and seen some of their pro players play in other games. I've gotten to play with some of those guys in public matches, so that's been a lot of fun.

"There are some similarities to being a professional gamer and a professional tennis player because if you want to be good at anything, it takes a lot of time and hard work."

Recently he won a pair State Farm Play Apart Together charity events that featured Valorant and FIFA, respectively. He also teamed with Addison Rae to defeat Kei Nishikori and Steve Aoki in the final of the Stay at Home Slam, a live virtual tennis tournament on Nintendo Switch's Mario Tennis Aces.

The world's No. 24 tennis player, Fritz has been playing for No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit that works to end child hunger in America. Fritz and his wife, Raquel, are parents to a 3-year-old son, Jordan.

"I'm very empathetic towards kids since I have a child, so I can't imagine my son being in a position where he doesn't know if he can eat," Fritz said. "That's what No Kid Hungry is fighting to stop, so I'm making sure that I'm giving my time and donating to an organization that's doing everything they can to help kids. I'm all for it."

--Field Level Media

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