Bjorn Fratangelo is currently ranked No. 1 in the USTA Boys' 18s and No. 48 in the ITF World Junior Rankings. The 17-year-old righthander from Pittsburgh won both the Easter Bowl and the USTA Boys’ 18s National Clay Court Championships and is seeded 16th in the 2010 Dunlop Orange Bowl. Fratangelo is writing an exclusive blog for USTA.com while competing in Key Biscayne. Check back daily for updates.
Hope everyone is doing well. My day started early, and I woke up around 7:45. Since I was at Eddie Herr yesterday, I received a Tuesday start. I went down to the lobby for breakfast at 9:30 and met my good buddy, Alex Petrone, for breakfast. We got bagels to go and went to Crandon Park to see what the practice situation was like. We ended up getting a solid hour on court, and we were ripping the ball. Both of us felt really good, and it was cool to play on stadium court. You don't get to do that everyday.
After our practice, we got some lunch at the site and chilled with some friends I haven't seen in awhile. My next practice was at 1 with my 2009 Junior Davis Cup teammate, Marcos Giron. We got to play on grandstand and hit for another hour, mostly playing points. There is a restaurant in Key Biscayne called Sir Pizza. Marcos and I went there everyday last year together, and we're pumped to go back. The pizza there is unreal.
I got back to the Hyatt around 3 and got some school work done. It's tough to keep up with the books when you're gone for awhile, so I had a lot of time to get stuff done, which was good. I went to dinner at 6 and met Alex there. The dinner was really good again, and I ate a ton. We hung out in the lobby afterwards for awhile before we headed back up to our rooms.
I play at 10:30 tomorrow against a Japanese player. I'm excited to get the 1st round underway, and hopefully I'll come out with the "W."
Wish me luck, Everyone!
Thanks for reading,