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FRANCES TIAFOE

Nationality:
United States
Height:
188cm
Age:
36
Points:
1365
RANKING
#29

Bio

Frances Tiafoe was born in Hyattsville on January 20, 1998. In his career he won an ATP title at the 2018 Delray Beach Open. In Grand Slam trials he reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 2019 and above all the semifinals at the US Open in 2022 .

Parents Frances Sr. and Alphina emigrated from Sierra Leone in 1996. At the age of three, Tiafoe learned to play tennis against a wall with his twin brother Franklin, with whom he later trained at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in Maryland, where the father was in charge of maintenance.

Among the tennis players who inspired him are Yannick Noah and Juan Martin del Potro. He visits Sierra Leone for the first time at the age of 8 with his family, a journey that changes his way of thinking. He has been active in charity work and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

He said, about his childhood dream: "I have always had the dream of becoming a tennis player since I was a child. Becoming a pro… I had the opportunity and I wanted to do it. My mom is still mad that I didn't go to college, but that wasn't in my plan, it was clear to me. As a kid, I used to watch the US Open and imagine what it would be like to play there. I've played with a lot of guys and still see a lot of them, we grew up together.

Like now, I've been training all the time. What I have achieved is pretty crazy. I grew up watching Andre Agassi, Gael Monfils. Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal. Juan Martin Del Potro was the first player I saw play live and at that point he became my hero."

In early 2023, Frances had the honor of participating in the NBA All Star Game. He said about: "It's great. I received the news a while ago, but now it's public. I'll just try to prepare and be ready. It's really an honor. I didn't know anything, then I got an email saying: You will play at the All-Star Game.

It's crazy. Many people have taken an interest in me, many people follow tennis to see me play. This is thanks to the personality I show on the pitch and the fact that I am a black person. I'm reaching many people and I'm happy with that. Do you crush? No, I can't do it. I started relatively from scratch. Growing up, the only thing I really worked on was tennis. But I started playing quite well. I've always had very good elevation. I'm quite curious to see how things go.

I think I'll just try to enjoy myself. I don't want to sound stupid, that's why I've been training for the past two weeks. But it's all about having fun. Of course we talk about the All-Star Game, they will all be there and I will meet so many amazing people and have been fans of forever. I hope it's the first of many appearances. Over the past four or five months, since the US Open, I have met many celebrities and become friends with them. It will be great."

Career

In 2012, Tiafoe won the junior world championships, Les Petits As, in both singles and doubles with Michael Mmoh, the first tennis player and one of only 4 to have achieved it. She made her debut in the ITF Junior Circuit tournaments in August 2012 and in October 2013 she won her first category title at the Pan American ITF in Tulsa, Grade B1 tournament, beating Taylor Fritz in the final; he also won the doubles tournament, the only specialty title achieved as a junior. In December, he won the prestigious Grade A Orange Bowl by defeating Stefan Kozlov.

He won his first Grand Slam match at the 2017 Australian Open, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin in four sets, and was eliminated by Alexander Zverev in the second round. In March, he was defeated by Federer in the second round of the Miami Masters. On April 16, he played his first ATP final in the doubles tournament in Houston, where he was beaten by Julio Peralta / Horacio Zeballos in three sets with Dustin Brown.

He won the next two Challengers in Sarasota and Aix-en-Provence, overcoming Tennys Sandgren and Jérémy Chardy respectively in the final. In his career debut at Wimbledon he defeated the highly rated Robin Haase and in the second round he lost again to Zverev, results with which he brought the best ranking to 60th position. In the second round in Cincinnati he takes his revenge on Zverev, who in the meantime became No. 7 in the world, defeating him 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in his first victory over a top 10; in the third round he is eliminated by Isner.

At the US Open, the draw pits him against Federer in the first round, who wins in the fifth set. The ranking achieved earned him a summons to the first edition of the Laver Cup, in which he lost the only match in which he was employed against Marin Cilic. At the end of the season he reached the second round at the Shanghai Masters and in Antwerp.

At the 2018 Delray Beach tournament on February 25, Tiafoe won his first ATP title; in the first rounds he defeated Matthew Ebden, world No. 10 Juan Martín del Potro and in the quarterfinals Hyeon Chung, in the semifinals he overtook Denis Shapovalov and in the final he beat Peter Gojowczyk with a score of 6-1, 6-4 . The following month he goes up to the round of 16 in Miami, where Anderson eliminates him again. In April he reached the doubles semifinal with Dustin Brown at the ATP in Houston. He begins the European season on clay in Estoril, in the semi-final he leaves only five games to the specialist and nº 11 in the ranking Pablo Carreño Busta and in the final he is defeated 4-6, 4-6 by the home idol Joao Sousa. He was eliminated in the first round at the Italian Internationals and at the French Open.

At the 2019 Australian Open he obtained the quarterfinals, defeating in order Prajnesh Gunneswaran, the nº 6 ATP Kevin Anderson, Andreas Seppi in the fifth set and Grigor Dimitrov; he is eliminated in three sets by world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who will reach the final. Thanks to these results he reaches the 30th position and two weeks after the 29th, his new best rankings.

He starts 2020 with first round eliminations in Doha, Auckland and the Australian Open, where he loses to Daniil Medvedev. He then plays without too much success in a couple of Challengers, drops beyond 80th position and in February arrives in the quarterfinals in Delray Beach. He then goes out in the first round in Acapulco and in the third at the Indian Wells Challenger, after which the long pause in tennis due to the COVID-19 pandemic begins.

Upon his return in August he comes out in the first round of Cincinnati and at the following US Open he reaches the fourth round for the first time, where he collects only five games against Daniil Medvedev. After elimination in the first round at Roland Garros, in October he won his fifth Challenger in Parma, defeating Salvatore Caruso in three sets. He closes 2020 in 59th place in the ranking after the semifinal of Nur-Sultan, in which he loses to John Millman in the third set.

At the end of October 2021, he passes the qualifiers for the tournament in Vienna and gets the better of Dusan Lajovic in the first round. In the second round he defeated the world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas for the second time this season, in the quarterfinals he overtook Diego Schwartzman and in the semifinals he eliminated the ATP No. 11 Jannik Sinner. He is defeated in the final in straight sets by Alexander Zverev. He returns to the light two weeks later in Stockholm, where he reaches the semifinals and is defeated by Tommy Paul who will win the title. At the end of the tournament he returns to the top 40 after more than two years.

At the 2022 US Open, Tiafoe reached the quarterfinals by defeating world No. 2 and No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal in four sets in the round of 16, inflicting his first Grand Slam defeat of the season. After overcoming the Russian Andrej Rublëv in the quarterfinals, he lost in the semifinals to Carlos Alcaraz in the fifth set; in the end he enters the top 20 of the ranking for the first time, in 19th position. For the third time he was employed in the Laver Cup, in which he had always been defeated, and he obtained his first victory by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas, contributing to the World Team's first success in the tournament. In October, he reached the final at the ATP 500 in Tokyo and was defeated after two tie-breaks by Taylor Fritz, a result that took him to 17th place in the world.

Style of play

Tiafoe's most unusual shot is his forehand, which carries heavy topspin and is driven by an unusual arm swing. When Tiafoe won the 2018 Delray Beach Open, he credited an improved serve for his best game in the tournament.

Tiafoe plays an aggressive offensive game that relies on a big serve and a powerful forehand. Standing 6 feet 2 inches tall, Tiafoe can throw serves at over 140 mph, and regularly hits first serves between 120 and 140 mph. After facing him at the 2016 US Open, John Isner said Tiafoe could return his serve, widely regarded as one of the best in the game, as well as any player on tour outside Novak Djokovic. He also said Tiafoe's second serve could be improved.

Private life

Tiafoe likes to watch and play basketball, and is a big fan of fellow Washington, D.C. area native Kevin Durant. He is also a fan of Washington area sports teams, including the Washington Commanders in the National Football League, and the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League.

Tiafoe is engaged to Ayan Broomfield. Ayan is a former tennis player, who pushed herself to No. 680 in the WTA rankings in singles and 467 in doubles. In her career she has brought home two ITF titles in the latter specialty, but by now she has stopped playing continuously.

The young woman, who is very often seen in the box of the American, also had a small part in Will Smith's film, King Richard. Broomfield stood in for the actress who played Venus Williams while filming a doubles match in which she was engaged.

Net Worth and Endorsement

Frances currently resides in Orlando, Florida, USA. He grew up in Hytasville, Maryland but has since moved to Florida. Frances is currently sponsored by Nike for her clothing and shoes. Yonex is its sponsor Racquet while Tag Heuer recently signed the young American as a brand ambassador.

Frances has earned him over $6 million in prize money so far in his career and coupled with his deals with Adidas, Nike, Yonex and Tag Heuer has brought his net worth to around $6 million.

Titles

2018

Delray Beach (Outdoor/Hard)

 


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