Taylor Fritz was torn apart on social media after something he said was interpreted the wrong way and he clarified what he meant.
The American played a really good match to take down Nick Kyrgios in straight sets and move on to round three of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Speaking to reporters after the match, Fritz was asked about Novak Djokovic and his US Open participation with the American saying:
"It's at least good for every player if Novak is not in the draw."
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The out-of-context comment got Fritz a lot of backlash on social media and he took to Twitter to explain it was a joke. Fritz pointed out the obvious problem of the quote being just text which makes it hard to understand in which manner something was said.
"Nothing new just me getting ripped for making a joke about Novak being better then everyone, the issue with press transcripts is it’s just raw text and it’s not clear the manner in how things are said, what i jokingly said felt like a compliment to Novak more than anything else"