Birth Name: Taylor Harry Fritz
Place of Birth: Rancho Santa Fe, California, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 28, 1997
*father – German, Swiss, possibly other
*maternal grandfather – Ashkenazi Jewish
*maternal grandmother – Irish, English, German
Taylor Fritz is an American professional tennis player. He is ranked No. 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
He is the son of professional tennis players Kathy May and Guy Fritz. His mother also competed as Kathy May Teacher, during her first marriage, to professional tennis player Brian Teacher, and Kathy May-Paben, during her second marriage, to Donn Paben.
His maternal great-great-grandfather, David May, a Jewish emigrant from Kaiserlautern, Germany, founded the The May Department Stores Company, which merged with Macy’s. His sons grew the store into a nationwide chain. Taylor’s maternal great-grandmother “Kitty” Prest was married to film director and producer Mervyn LeRoy, until his death. Taylor is a first cousin, twice removed, of philanthropist and art collector Morton D. May.
Taylor has a son with his former wife Raquel Pedraza.
Taylor’s paternal grandfather was Harry Fritz (the son of John H. Fritz and Lillian/Lilian May Juni). Harry was born in California. Lillian’s mother was Swiss.
Taylor’s paternal grandmother was named Beverly. Beverly was born in California.
Taylor’s maternal grandfather was David May II (the son of Thomas/Tom S. May and Anita Kay Keiler). David was born in Missouri. Thomas was born in Colorado, to a Jewish family, the son of Col. David May, who was born in Oberhausen, Wallhalben, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and of Rosa Shoenberg, whose parents were also from Germany. Anita was born in Kentucky, the daughter of John William Keiler, the son of Jewish emigrants, his father from Germany and his mother from England; and of Blanche Christie Friedman, whose parents were also German Jews. The Keiler family was prominent in Paducah, Kentucky’s Jewish community.
Taylor’s maternal grandmother was Rita Rend (the daughter of William P. Rend and Kathryn/Katheryn/Katherine “Kitty” (Prest) Spiegel). Rita was born in Illinois. William was the son of Joseph Paul Rend, a prominent financier, who owned many coal properties, and of Agnes Robinson English. Joseph’s father, William Patrick Rend, was born in County Leitrim, Ireland, and was president of the W.P. Rend Coal company. Joseph’s mother was from New Brunswick, Canada. Taylor’s great-grandmother Kathryn was the daughter of Francis C. Prest and Ollie Belle Batt.
Sources: Genealogy of Taylor Fritz (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogies and obituaries of Taylor’s maternal grandparents, David May II and Rita (Rend) May – https://www.findagrave.com
Obituary of Taylor’s maternal grandfather, David May II – https://www.latimes.com
Obituary of Taylor’s maternal step-grandfather, Herbert Roedling – https://alumniassociation.mayo.edu
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