Taylor Fritz recalled the tough moment he had during the semifinals of the Mexico Open playing against his compatriot Tommy Paul.
The 25-year-old player had the longest match in Mexico Open's history against his fellow American, Paul, who eventually won 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(2). In the third set of the match, both players showed physical exhaustion, but it was particularly Fritz who drew attention after vomiting into a bucket next to the court. As his girlfriend later revealed, the American suffered from severe dehydration that required medical attention.
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Despite the difficult moment, Fritz arrived in good shape to defend his Indian Wells crown. In his debut at the tournament, he faced young Ben Shelton in a three-set battle, winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. After his great victory, the world No. 5 recalled the events that took place in Mexico."That was pretty embarrassing to throw up on the court," Taylor Fritz told Tennis Channel. "The crazy thing is I've never in my life thrown up from any kind of physical activity. That's the first time ever." said Fritz.
“That was one of the worst nights probably, after the match," he added.
As he mentioned, after the game he was close to fainting in the shower and he couldn't even digest the liquids he was taking for dehydration
"I tried to get into the shower. Sometimes that helps me not full body cramp...I basically just collapsed in the shower, I went to the ground and felt like I was going to pass out,"
"I went through this cycle the next four hours where I just full body cramp everywhere, I tried to get some fluids in me and threw it all up, and then start cramping again."
The tennis player added that despite it being one of his worst nights, he wasn't too sore the next day.
"I was suprised that I actually ended up not even being that sore the next day and I was able to get back to training two days later. So, I felt a lot better after that than I thought I would," said Fritz. The next step in his run in California is Argentine Sebastian Baez, the thirtieth seed of the tournament.