Fritz Earns Eastbourne International Title

Taylor Fritz (photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)


Taylor Fritz overcame fellow US-American Maxime Cressy 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(4) in Saturday’s singles final of the Rothesay Eastbourne International to capture his third ATP Tour title, and second in Eastbourne.

In front of a packed crowd at Devonshire Park, the No. 3 seed of the ATP 250 grass-court event fired 17 aces and won 91 of his first-service points to succeed after two hours and 17 minutes.

“There is something about this place. It is where I won my first title and when I got here on the first day this week, I felt that I was playing so much better than before. This place has a special spot in my heart,” Fritz said during the trophy ceremony.

“My grass season wasn’t going great before I arrived here. But it is great to beat these players and it gives me confidence,” Fritz added. “I played really well all week and going into Wimbledon, I feel good.”

Kvitova dethrones Ostapenko

In the women’s draw, Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic clinched the Eastbourne singles title for the first time with a dominant straight-sets victory over defending champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Two-time Wimbledon winner Kvitova, who finished runner-up here in 2011, controlled a one-sided encounter from the outset en route to triumphing 6-3, 6-2 in just an hour and 16 minutes.

“This was a tough match, well done to Jelena,” the 32-year-old said in her on-court interview. “Playing on the grass is very special for me, especially when you step onto a beautiful court such as here.

“It’s really nice to play in front of the people again. In Corona it was a really tough time, it’s such a better feeling.”

Kvitova is now 5-1 in grass-court finals in her career. Her most recent title on grass had been Birmingham in 2018.