Taylor Fritz lambasted for ‘inappropriate’ Wimbledon behaviour in brutal verdict by former champion

Ewan West
Taylor Fritz in action
Taylor Fritz wipes his face during his match

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has criticised Taylor Fritz for his behaviour after his victory against Arthur Rinderknech at the All England Club. 

The former world No 4 feels Fritz’s comments to Rinderknech were “inappropriate” and claimed the American “doesn’t have a lot of mates” on the tennis tour.

Fritz defeated Rinderknech 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the second round at Wimbledon, and a spicy post-match exchange followed the handshake at the net.

The contest was a grudge match after Fritz had shushed a hostile Parisian crowd to celebrate beating Rinderknech at the 2023 French Open.

Prior to the pair’s rematch at Wimbledon, Rinderknech said: “He (Fritz) won’t cry as much. He whined a bit saying it was too noisy. I hold no grudge against him, but he was wrong if he thought the crowd would send him kisses in between points.”

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Fritz had seen Rinderknech’s comments and used them as fuel, before telling the Frenchman to “have a nice flight home” following the match.

Cash, who won Wimbledon in 1987, slammed Fritz for taunting his opponent and argued this interaction will not improve the world No 12’s locker room popularity.

“Yeah that’s not cool, that’s not good,” the Australian told the BBC. “That’s not good, it’s inappropriate and he doesn’t have a lot of mates on this tour, does he?

“He doesn’t really care, he wants to get out there and does his stuff, he’s not overly friendly but he doesn’t care. You’re not going to get any more mates from saying ‘have a [nice] flight home’ though.”

Following his win over Rinderknech, Fritz divulged what he had said and made no secret of the fact his rival’s remarks had fired him up.

“Normally I don’t [get riled by comments], but it’s tough not to when, obviously, someone kind of, I guess, goes out of their way to take a jab at you,” the 26-year-old explained.

“It’s tough not to see it because everyone is just going to, like, tag me and make sure I see it. As soon as I saw it, the match was basically over.

“It just gives me extra fire, obviously. I’m a very chill person. I, like, don’t do anything that could rub people the wrong way, so when someone kind of just goes out of their way to take a shot at me, then I’m not just going to take it.

“It gave me the extra fire to win. When we shook hands, I just said, ‘Have a nice flight home’.

“He asked me what I said. I told him what I said. He told me he was in doubles still. I said, ‘Oh, congrats, good for you’. Then he started acting like, ‘Why are you, blah, blah, blah?’

“I’m like, ‘Dude, you know what you said. You know what you said. Don’t disrespect me before the match and then expect me to be all nice after the match’. That’s not how it works.”

Fritz was beaten by Lorenzo Musetti in five sets in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

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