The San Diego Aviators announced today they have signed two young Americans that are capturing the interest of the tennis world.
In the Mylan World TeamTennis Player Draft held earlier this week, the Aviators picked up Australian Open semifinalist Madison Keys with their marquee round selection. Then the Aviators used their first round roster pick to select rising star Taylor Fritz, a world top 10 ITF junior. The 17-year-old Fritz, from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., still competes as an amateur. Fritz’s father, Guy, was a successful touring pro in the early 1970s, and his mother Kathy May was a highly-ranked American who made the quarterfinals at three Grand Slams.
The young stars will be joined by returning Aviators doubles standouts Raven Klaasen and Kveta Peschke, and a new addition, Chani Scheepers.
John Lloyd, Aviators coach and former British No. 1 in singles, was excited by the developments of the draft. “Having a young talent like Taylor, who has all the tools, enthusiasm, and maturity is a tremendous asset. As important, having a ‘home team’ atmosphere is uncharacteristic in World TeamTennis, and I think our fans will get behind the Aviators in a way we have not seen in the past because of this” said Lloyd. “I believe we have a solid team and tremendous depth.”
“Mylan World TeamTennis is a team sport, and the configuration of the Aviators’ draft affords us with a dynamic combination of players. It’s not always the best players that win in a team structure, it’s the best team,” said Aviators CEO Billy Berger. “I liken the signing of Taylor Fritz to that of having a young and unknown Tiger Woods on the team. He has a wealth of talent, and is surrounded by a group of veterans that will afford him the ability to play with confidence.”
The Aviators will host seven home matches during the 2015 regular season which runs July 12-30. The 2015 schedule will be posted in the coming weeks.