Bjorn Fratangelo was a quiet kid. He even goes as far as saying he was shy.
Watching him on the tennis court, you’d never know it.
Pittsburgh’s Fratangelo – who reached a career-high ranking of 106 last year – plays with passion and fire on the court and is showing a high level of confidence. After rising more than 400 ranking positions in 15 months, it’s easy to see why.
“It was a good year, I’m proud of how it went,” said the 21-year-old Fratangelo. “I made a lot of deep runs into events and stayed pretty consistent. Now I’m just hoping to keep it up and take the next step.”
Fratangelo took plenty of forward steps in 2015. The former French Open Junior Champ played in his first ATP Tour event (Western and Southern Open) and won the USTA’s Pro Circuit US Open Wildcard Challenge, earning him a spot in the US Open. He dropped the match to world No. 6 Tomas Berdych but is now using that experience to fuel even more growth in 2016. He’s aiming at qualifying for more ATP Tour events and earning main draw spots in the majors.
One of Fratangelo’s biggest strengths is his versatility. He shows good power for his size (6-0, 172) and also excels with speed, footwork and a deep arsenal of shots.
“I feel comfortable doing most things out there,” he said. “I’m not exactly where I want to be yet – my serve has its good days and its bad days – but I have variety.”
Fratangelo trains in Boca Raton, Fla. during the offseason.