PARIS - Tommy Paul, 18, of Lumberton in Burlington County, N.J., won the first-ever all-American boys' final at the French Open with a 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 defeat of second-seeded Taylor Fritz on Saturday.
Paul, who learned his trade on the slow surface, became the sixth American boy to win the junior title in Paris. Among them was John McEnroe in 1977.
"Everyone says that U.S. tennis is bad on clay," said Paul, who was playing his first junior tournament of the year at Roland Garros. "I would have to disagree."
There was a third American player in the semifinals of the boys' tournament this year, Michael Mmoh, who lost in straight sets to Paul.
"Right now I think that, obviously, we're doing pretty well on the clay," Paul said. "We are only getting better, I think."
Paul, who trains in Boca Raton, Fla., has been spending most of the year on the pro circuit, winning two minor tournaments on clay in Spain and Italy in the buildup to Roland Garros. He lists clay as his favorite surface.