Madison Keys, the runner up within the 2017 U.S. Open and a semifinalist in 2018, is again within the quarterfinals. Cheering her on is her fiancé, fellow American tennis participant Bjorn Fratengelo. Keys, 28, and Fratengelo, 29, have been relationship since 2017, and received engaged earlier this 12 months. This is all the things it’s worthwhile to learn about Bjorn Fratangelo:
1. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He began taking part in tennis at age 4. “I performed just a few sports activities rising up, however I after I was a teen, I used to be actually shy and I sort of shied away from staff sports activities, so tennis was the one which I gravitated towards probably the most, simply because I used to be on my own,” Fratangelo mentioned. “It’s bizarre, as a result of I’m not shy in any respect now — I take into account myself to be fairly personable — however I assume that’s the way it was and tennis was the game I received actually good at.”
2. Bjorn Fratangelo is called after Bjorn Borg.
His dad idolized Bjorn Borg. “I don’t take into consideration Borg. For me, it’s simply my identify. That’s what individuals name me,” Fratangelo mentioned in 2017. “He was my dad’s idol rising up, they usually truly met him earlier than I used to be born and I assume they have been selecting some names and that was the one they went with.”
3. He reached a career-high rating of 99.
His greatest tennis success was successful the 2011 Roland Garros junior title. “I had a number of eyes on me after that,” he mentioned. “It weighed me down slightly bit. I didn’t need one good outcome to anchor the method.”
He broke into the highest 100 in 2016, however now could be ranked 638 on the planet.
4. He and Keys have been pals earlier than they started relationship.
Keys, who moved to Boca Raton in 2005, met Fratangelo when he moved there the next 12 months. In line with the ATP Tour, “The pair skilled on the identical facility, they usually have been a part of a bunch of pals that was shut.” Once they each moved to Orlando, they lived in the identical residence advanced for a bit. In 2017, they started relationship, and Fratangelo proposed in 2023.
“He truly did it at residence. The day that I received again from Dubai so I used to be not anticipating it in any respect,” Keys recollects. “I used to be sitting on the sofa and he was like, ‘Hey I’ve your birthday current.’ He handed me one thing after which received down on one knee. Simply sitting on the sofa so now we’ve to maintain the sofa ceaselessly.”
5. Keys and Fratangelo have performed combined doubles collectively.
In 2021, they performed combined doubles on the U.S. Open. “He lastly wore me down,” Keys mentioned. “I used to be all the time simply saying I used to be going to be so nervous and I used to be going to should strive so laborious, however he lastly mentioned, ‘We’ll simply have some enjoyable.’ I’m very blissful that we did it.”
Fratangelo added, “We needed to do it as soon as. If we by no means do it once more, advantageous. I want to, although. It was a number of enjoyable, however it’s no secret that possibly this 12 months for her has been a little bit of a wrestle. [It was] simply to have some enjoyable on court docket with me and play and attempt to get a win and if not, simply have an hour of snickers and enjoyable. It’s good for everyone.”
6. He is a relentless help for Keys.
Fratangelo can usually be noticed in her participant’s field, and even provides some teaching recommendation. This U.S. Open, Keys mentioned, “He is actually simply sort of helped me get pleasure from being on the tennis court docket. There’s been just a few, I imply, just a few issues right here and there…General simply actually time on court docket, simply sort of attempting to get me to calm down and take slightly little bit of stress off of myself. I believe when you’ve gotten considered one of your greatest supporters standing there, particularly after the French Open, a troublesome time for me, simply sort of having that fixed help I believe was the most important distinction.”
Emily Burack (she/her) is the information author for City & Nation, the place she covers leisure, tradition, the royals, and a variety of different topics. Earlier than becoming a member of T&C, she was the deputy managing editor at Hey Alma, a Jewish tradition web site. Comply with her @emburack on Twitter and Instagram.
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