Morgan Riddle, the girlfriend of Netflix Break Point star Taylor Fritz, has taken the tennis world by storm since she began dating the American in 2020. Riddle has helped bring the sport to the masses through her social media channels, especially TikTok.
What people might not know is that she has no background in tennis at all.
“I didn’t know a thing. Literally not a thing. I knew who Federer was. I didn’t even know who Nadal was. That’s not a joke,” Riddle told ATPTour.com. “I literally didn’t know anything about it. But I know a lot now. I would consider myself a tennis expert at this point, I really would.”
Riddle is from Minnesota where she grew up with another sport: hockey.
“My whole family plays hockey. My sister played college hockey, my dad played college hockey,” Riddle said. “It was very different going to tennis matches from that. Hockey games you show up in boots and a sweatshirt and you drink beer. It’s a very different atmosphere than tennis is.”
The social media influencer was a lifestyle contributor before she began dating Fritz. Riddle would create content including gift guide roundups for outlets including NBC Boston and NBC Chicago Today. She has enjoyed helping Fritz push tennis further into the mainstream, something they hope Break Point will accomplish.
“I always thought it was pretty exciting. Since Taylor and I first started dating one of the things he’s always said to me is that pretty much his main goal besides being a top player obviously is to make tennis more popular in the U.S. Honestly anything that we can do to work towards that,” Riddle said. “I have kind of helped him a bit with that or been on board with his mission to do that, so I think the show will just enforce that. Hopefully, we’ll see.”
According to Riddle, people who grow up playing or watching tennis understand things like scoring and etiquette as second nature. For someone like her who a few years ago did not know anything about the sport, there was a learning curve.
“Like making noise or clapping between a first serve and second serve. If I’m going to my first-ever tennis match, how am I going to know that?” Riddle said. “I didn’t, so I had to pick up on those little etiquette things that are really impossible to know if you’ve never been to a tournament or you’ve never watched a tennis match in your life.
“Those were probably the first things that I picked up. Then learning the scoring…