World No. 23 Taylor Fritz won't be representing the United States at the Davis Cup Finals as he has been replaced by Frances Tiafoe, Team USA announced on Sunday. Tiafoe, 23, is set to make his second Davis Cup appearance.
Tiafoe made his Davis Cup debut in 2018, when the United States took on Croatia. Tiafoe didn't impress in his Davis Cup debut as he lost to Marin Cilic and Borna Coric in his first two Davis Cup matches. Fritz is currently the highest-ranked American tennis player and not having him is a blow for Team USA.
Tiafoe thought his season was over
Tiafoe played in Stockholm two weeks ago and said it would be his last tournament of the season but now he is set to play the Davis Cup Finals. In late October, Tiafoe stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to making the Vienna final.
"You've got fans going nuts early in the match. I want to play. I want to be out there, I want to give it my all. You've got little kids screaming 'Big Foe' and that's what it's about," Tiafoe said after beating Tsitsipas.
"It's almost irrelevant who you're playing. Obviously I want to beat Stefanos and these guys, it's always good to have on the resumé. It's been great." Tiafoe thrives in front of a packed crowd."
Tiafoe wants to win but also to entertain fans. "I just love playing in a packed house. I feel at home. I feel like that's what it's about," Tiafoe said. "The result is almost irrelevant sometimes. You have kids coming out, parents bring these kids out, pay their hard-earned money to come watch me play.
I want people to have fun just like I'm having fun... I feel it's my duty to 'A', bring it, give my all, but also to make sure everyone has fun. That kid at the top of the stadium, I want them going home remembering [they] watched Frances Tiafoe play and [they] had a great time."