Fratangelo Talks Top 100 Milestone
The American competes with his new career-high Emirates ATP Ranking at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Surbiton
Bjorn Fratangelo made his debut in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings this week after an outstanding clay court season, but the American has been excelling on all surfaces.
The 22-year-old won the $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event last April in Savannah, Georgia, which led to him winning the USTA’s Roland Garros wild card challenge and receiving his first main draw spot in Paris. Spurred on by that milestone, he finished as runner-up at last month’s $100,000 Challenger in Bordeaux, France, then won his first main draw match at a Grand Slam by upsetting fellow American Sam Querrey in the first round at Roland Garros.
Having started the clay court season at No. 125 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Fratangelo now sits at a career-high standing of No. 99.
“It feels incredible to break into the Top 100,” said Fratangelo, speaking from this week’s $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour in Surbiton, England, where is the No. 4 seed. “I’ll be losing some points having had to pull out of a tournament last week with a wrist injury, but I’m feeling good now.”
Fratangelo has also posted solid results off the clay. Last March, he extended World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to three sets in the second round of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells.
He’s even been recording wins on grass, prevailing in his opening round in Surbiton against British wild card Lloyd Glasspool and then following that up with a win over British qualifier Jonny O'Mara. Although the most recent win was only his fourth career match on grass, he’s been quickly adapting to the surface and enjoying the surroundings at Surbiton.
“I do find transitioning from clay to grass to be tricky. Blocking big serves and working your way into rallies with angled strokes is always a lottery,” admitted Fratangelo. “I really like the club here and staying in London. Everybody is very friendly and there are plenty of practice courts. It’s nice to play in a traditional venue with history.”
Fratangelo will get more grass court matches under his belt at next week’s ATP Challenger Tour event in Ilkley, England, then head to Roehampton for Wimbledon qualifying. Afterwards, the American looks to put his new career-high standing to good use.
“Once the grass season is out of the way, I’d like to get direct entry into more ATP World Tour events,” said Fratangelo. “Being in the Top 100 is satisfying, but I have to improve and capitalise on picking up ranking points this summer.”