French Open 2011: Bjorn Fratangelo wins junior title, first American to win since John McEnroe

By on Jun 5, 2011 in Europe, Sports, Tennis, United States, World Comments

Bjorn Fratangelo won the French Open 2011 junior title, and became the first American tennis player to win since John McEnroe, back in 1977.



Bjorn Fratangelo, holding his trophy after winning
the boys final match for the French Open 2011

Image Credit: Laurent Baheux/AP

As noted at Roland Garros’ official website, Bjorn Fratangelo beat Austria’s Dominic Thiem on Sunday, June 05, 2011; 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, and won the French Open 2011 Boys Single.

Fratangelo, a right-handed player, won against Thiem, who will turn 17 this coming September 3, during their match on Sunday at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris.

Incidentally, Bjorn Fratangelo got his first name from the legendary Bjorn Borg, a contemporary of John McEnroe, as his father was said to be a great admirer of the Swedish tennis icon.

According to his bio profile at ITFTennis.com, Bjorn Fratangelo was born on July 19, 1993 in Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania and started to play tennis at the age of 4.



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