Taylor Fritz has oddest complaint in front of an American crowd in Miami Open loss

Fritz lost in the second round of the Miami Open.

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The Miami Open has not been kind to many high-ranked Americans so far. Tommy Paul was forced to leave in his second-round match after suffering an apparent leg injury. But in his own second-round match, Taylor Fritz was probably shocked by the level of play of his opponent, Thiago Seyboth Wild, but by the noise of the crowd in Miami.

The issue is that Miami, of course, is an American city. One would not know it, however, based on the crowd's reaction to points in the Fritz and Seyboth Wild match. Sure, Fritz got a little bit of approval from the audience for the points he won, but Seyboth Wild's crowd reaction was much more intense.

In other words, Brazilian tennis fans, as Seyboth Wild is Brazilian, travel well. They not only are knowledgeable about the sport, but they are extremely vociferous in pulling for a player from their country. So much so that in the second set of the match, Fritz had to complain to the chair umpire about the crowd.

Taylor Fritz ousted by Thiago Seyboth Wild at the Miami Open

The match, again, was playing in an American city so Fritz should have had the audience fully behind him, one would assume. That assumption would be incorrect, though. If one did not know where the match was being played, a viewer might assume Rio.

To be fair, Seyboth Wild, who has had his best run of success over the last few months, played better than Fritz in his 6-3 6-4 victory. The Brazilian had to qualify for the Miami Open, but he is no normal qualifier. He has a great serve - Fritz only won a handful of points off of Seyboth Wild's first serve during the entire match - but the Brazilian knows how to feed off the crowd.

Now American fans have to hope that others can continue on, or some young American to do well in Miami. Paul and Fritz are gone. So is Francis Tiafoe. Tommy Paul, without being hurt, should still be playing, however. Fritz rightfully lost.

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