Taylor Fritz is fully committed to tennis and being a father

by: Kamakshi Tandon | March 11, 2017

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Taylor Fritz says his new son has not changed his practice schedule. (AP Photo)

Taylor Fritz insists he is still fully committed to his career, despite recently becoming a father.

The 19-year-old, who married Racquel Pedraza in 2016, had a son, Jordan Taylor, on January 20th.

"Nothing's really changed at all for me," he said, following his first round win in Indian Wells. "My wife's been handling everything. She handles all of the off-court stuff so I can be on court more than I was before.

"You know, people can think I'm spending less time on the tennis court and less time in the gym, and, you know, that's perfectly fine, because I'm sure that will come back to get them if they're underestimating the training and the work that I'm putting in."

Fritz, who also had knee problems during the hardcourt season, has dropped from a career-high of No. 53 to No. 136, but reached the final of the Dallas challenger and qualified for Acapulco in recent weeks.

Despite his new family, the teenager is also putting in full days when off the road, saying, "I wake up at 7:00. I get breakfast. I drive to Carson where I train. I practice about two-and-a-half hours, get lunch, practice another two hours, go to the gym. Some days I go to physical therapy to get some work done, and then I'll be home at, like, 9:00 at night and I go to sleep."

But he admits he hasn't been doing a lot of diaper-changing.

"I'm not very hands-on at all," he said. "I'm just really lucky, and I try to see him as much as I possibly can, obviously, because it's amazing

"Any chance I get, I go and see him. I'd love for him to play tennis. I have a little, like, four or five-inch tennis racquet I always put in his hands."

Fritz, who says he has been at the top of his game coming into Indian Wells, next plays Marin Cilic. He got into the Masters 1000 tournament on a wildcard.

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