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Facing Greatness: John Paul Fruttero

Former Cal Golden Bears star and three time ATP Challenger champion John Paul Fruttero discusses what the two best performances of tennis that were ever played against him during his ATP career which began in 2003 and is still rocking and rolling at age 39.

Fruttero scored two singles wins vs. Pete Sampras in WTT and also won Challengers doubles titles all with Raven Klassen in Uzbekistan (2011), China (2012) and Taiwan (2012).

John Paul Fruttero: “That’s a tough question to answer. Andre Agassi played pretty lights out against me in World Team Tennis (in Philadelphia) and it’s a bad match up for me. He beat me 5-1 in some crazy points and a lot closer match than the score tells (JPF played for the Philadelphia Freedoms, Agassi for Sacramento Capitals).”

“I played an epic doubles match with Raven Klassen against Jack Sock and Nick Monroe in Sacramento where we lost 10-12 or so in a third set tiebreaker. And Jack Sock hit a falling back to the side fence backhand top spin lob for a winner in the corner over my head on match point!”

“I’m sure there are plenty more I can come up with!”

Fruttero’s best singles ranking in the ATP was 183 in 2005 and no. 83 in doubles in 2012. The co-founder of the Fruttero Tennis Academy in San Jose, CA is currently ranked 311 in doubles and itching to get back out on the circuit in 2021!

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