World No. 33 and number thirty seed, Taylor Fritz of the USA, will take on the 113th-ranked Joao Sousa of Portugal in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Taylor Fritz v Joao Sousa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Taylor Fritz v Joao Sousa Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 23-year old American, and his Portuguese opponent, who is 9 years older.
Fritz is Now the Top Ranked American
Fritz is now the top ranked American player, and the fact that he is outside the top 30 himself is something of an indictment of the current state of US men’s tennis in itself.
A former junior world number one, he reached final of the French Open as a junior, losing to compatriot Tommy Paul. But, since turning pro, the best he has managed here was last year, when he got to the third round before losing to the Italian Lorenzo Sonego.
It was Sonego who beat him again in his first clay court event of this year in Sardinia.
He then lost in the first rounds in Monte Carlo and Madrid and was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the second round in Rome.
Since then, Fritz has turned his back on the main tour and has been playing in several exhibition events on clay.
Sousa in Desperately Need for Form
Sousa has been the number one ranked player in Portugal for a number of years, and five years ago, was a top thirty player. Things have slipped since then and he has a poor record in Paris – in nine previous attempts, he has never been beyond the second round.
That is perhaps surprising given that he was brought up on the surface and has been in five clay court finals, winning one, his home event in Estoril in 2018.
There is little to suggest things will be any different this year, based on his performances so far
Sousa lost all three matches he played on the South American clay court swing, and since returning to Europe, has fared no better.
He was beaten in the first round in Sardinia, failed to qualify in Monte Carlo and then, after battling through qualifying in the first Belgrade tournament, lost at the first round stage again.
The Portuguese suffered the disappointment of a first round defeat of his home tournament in Estoril, and then, having qualified for Lyon, once more exited at the first round stage.
It means that his record on clay in 2021 in terms of performances in the main draw of tournaments played on clay reads played eight, lost eight.
Fritz v Sousa Prediction and Tip
Sousa is in such terrible form coming into this match that Fritz will start as the overwhelming favourite to progress. In fact, it would be a turn-up for the books if the Portuguese even won a set.