Bjorn Fratangelo wins Roland Garros boys' singles title

June 05, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bjorn Fratangelo, a 17-year-old native of Pittsburgh, made history on Sunday, upsetting No. 14 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, to capture the boys’ singles title at the French Open Junior Championships.  With the win, Fratangelo becomes the first American to win the Roland Garros boys’ singles title since John McEnroe in 1977.   

Fratangelo joins McEnroe as the only Americans to have won the Roland Garros boys’ title since the Open Era began in 1968; other U.S. boys’ to have won the Roland Garros title since the event began in 1947 include Cliff Richey (1964), Butch Buchholz (1958) and Ham Richardson (1951).  Jennifer Capriati (1989) was the last American girl to win at Roland Garros; additional girls’ singles champions include Bonnie Gadusek (1981), Kathleen Horvath (1980) and Anne Smith (1977). 

Americans juniors have found success at the French Open, especially over the last decade.  Andrea Collarini reached the 2010 boys’ final, while Ashley Harkleroad (2002), Brian Baker (2003) and Alex Kuznetsov (2004) all reached the Roland Garros junior singles finals in consecutive years.  Additionally, Meghann Shaughnessy reached the girls’ singles final in 1996. 

Please see below for additional notes on Fratangelo and see attached for a transcript of his interview following his championship victory.

 

Bjorn Fratangelo

Age: 17 (7/19/93)

Hometown: Plum, Pa. (outside Pittsburgh)

ITF World Junior Ranking: 21

Fratangelo, who was named after tennis legend Bjorn Borg, has had a standout junior career. He won the 2010 Easter Bowl, and earlier this year, he reached the final of the USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif., and the Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica. Fratangelo has also had success on clay, winning the 2009 USTA Boys’ 16s National Clay Court Championships and the 2010 USTA Boys’ 18s National Clay Court Championships. He represented the U.S. in the 2009 Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final.