| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: USTA

Eighteen-year old Tommy Paul of Lumberton, N.J., won the French Open boys’ singles title Saturday morning in Paris, capping a successful week for American juniors at Roland Garros.

Paul, coached by USTA National Coach Diego Moyano, defeated 17-year old Taylor Fritz, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2, in the first-ever all-American boys’ singles final at the French Open, dating back to 1947.

Paul becomes the sixth American to win the French Open boys’ championship, joining Bjorn Fratangelo (2011), John McEnroe (1977), Cliff Richey (1964), Butch Buchholz (1958) and Ham Richardson (1951).

Paul’s singles championship completes a strong week for American juniors at the French Open. Three of the boys’ semifinalists were American – Paul, Fritz and 17-year old Michael Mmoh (Bradenton, Fla.). Sixteen-year old CiCi Bellis (Atherton, Calif.) reached the girls’ semifinals. Paul and William Blumberg (17, Greenwich, Conn.) were boys’ doubles finalists and Caroline Dolehide (16, Hinsdale, Ill.) and Katerina Stewart (17, Miami) were girls’ doubles finalists.

“Congratulations to Tommy on such a tremendous achievement, and both he and Taylor deserve congratulations for making history at the French Open,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Martin Blackman. “In fact, the success that American juniors had across the board at Roland Garros this week has been very exciting to see and is a testament to their hard work and devotion. This week’s results are very encouraging for the future of American tennis.”