With much of the professional tennis world's attention turned toward Asia, Taylor Fritz, Jennifer Brady and Michael Mmoh swept the singles titles available on home soil this past weekend, continuing young Americans' ascent of the pro ranks.
Fritz (17, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), the world's top-ranked junior and 2015 U.S. Open Boys Singles Champion, won his second USTA Pro Circuit Challenger title in two weeks on Sunday, defeating German Dustin Brown, 6-3, 6-4, to win the $50,000 men's event in Fairfield, Calif. Fritz, who beat fellow American teen Jared Donaldson to win the title at the $100,000 Challenger in Sacramento, Calif., last week, has improved his pro ranking 462 spots, from number 694 to 232, in the last two weeks.
The former UCLA all-American Brady (20, Boca Raton, Fla.) won her second career pro title on Sunday at the $25,000 women's tournament in Rock Hill, S.C., beating Venezuelan Andrea Gamiz, 7-5, 6-4.
Mmoh (17, Bradenton, Fla.), the second-ranked junior in the world behind Fritz, won his third $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Men's Futures title in the last year, defeating Mexican Lucas Gomez, 6-3, 6-2, to capture the $15,000 Futures in Houston.
Fritz and Mmoh, currently ranked 472nd, are among nine American teens ranked in the ATP top 600. Brady, ranked 222nd, is one of 28 American women ranked in the WTA top 250, eight of whom are 20 or younger.