Madison Keys, a prominent figure in the tennis world, is making her mark once again in the 2023 U.S. Open by reaching the semi-finals stage. Alongside her on this journey is her boyfriend, Bjorn Fratangelo, a fellow American tennis player. Let’s delve into the details of Bjorn Fratangelo and their unique tennis connection.
A tennis player from Pittsburgh
Bjorn Fratangelo, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, began his tennis journey at the early age of 4. While he participated in several sports during his childhood, his innate shyness drew him towards tennis, ultimately becoming his true passion and the sport where he found his excellence.
Tennis credentials: A journey to the top 100
Bjorn Fratangelo’s most significant achievement in tennis came when he won the 2011 Roland Garros junior title, garnering attention and expectations.
🔴 Winner of 4 ATP Tour Challengers
⚪️ Career-high ranking of No. 99
🔵 Hall of Fame Open semifinalist
— USTA (@usta) July 19, 2021
He broke into the top 100 rankings in 2016, reaching a career-high ranking of 99. Currently, he is ranked 638 in the world on ATP. His journey in the sport has been marked by dedication and hard work.
Madison and Bjorn: Their love story
Madison Keys and Bjorn Fratangelo were tennis colleagues before they embarked on their romantic journey. They crossed paths when both were training at a facility in Boca Raton, Florida. Their friendship grew stronger when they moved to Orlando and even shared an apartment complex for a while. They officially began dating in 2017, and Bjorn proposed to Madison in March 2023.
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Madison fondly recalls the proposal, “He actually did it at home. The day that I got back from Dubai, so I was not expecting it at all.” The proposal took place on their couch, making it a memorable and intimate moment for the couple.
The Bjorn Borg connection
Remarkably, Bjorn Fratangelo carries a name that not only distinguishes him but also ties him to tennis legend Bjorn Borg, a name his father greatly admired and chose for him. Despite this notable connection to a tennis icon, Fratangelo has consistently embraced his name with a sense of humility, considering it simply a part of his identity and what people commonly refer to him as.
Playing together: Mixed-doubles adventure
In 2021, Madison Keys and Bjorn Fratangelo decided to take their relationship to the tennis court by playing mixed doubles at the U.S. Open. While Keys was initially hesitant, Fratangelo convinced her to give it a try. Keys admitted, “He finally wore me down,” adding, “I was always just saying I was going to be so nervous and I was going to have to try so hard.”
Their mixed doubles partnership brought them joy and laughter on the court, despite the challenges. Fratangelo remarked, “[It was] just to have some fun on court with me and play and try to get a win and if not, just have an hour of laughs and fun. It’s good for everybody.”
Bjorn’s influence on Madison Keys
Bjorn Fratangelo’s unwavering support for Madison Keys extends beyond the tennis court. He is often seen in her player’s box, offering not only emotional support but also valuable advice from a player’s perspective. Keys acknowledges his impact, stating, “He’s really just kind of helped me enjoy being on the tennis court.”
A wonderful, under-the-radar moment at @mubadalacitidc Sunday as @BjornFratangelo makes his first ATP main draw in two years – a few hours after being on court to help at fiancée @Madison_Keys ‘s practice.
Stanning this mutual supportive 😍 team.https://t.co/837ieKQs2H pic.twitter.com/afEWRxS2Jq
— Stephanie Myles (@OpenCourt) July 31, 2023
After a challenging period in her tennis career, having one of her biggest supporters by her side has made a significant difference for Keys. Madison and Bjorn’s tennis journey has been enhanced by their love story. From friendship to getting engaged, and playing mixed doubles to supporting each other in their careers, their bond continues to grow both on and off the court.