Frances Tiafoe, after reaching the US Open semifinals for the 1st time in his career, made a bold statement that may worry the other Grand Slam contenders. “I don’t even really know what to say on here right now.
This was the best two weeks of my life. I gave everything I had and I was soo damn close to achieving the goal. Soo much growth was made during the two weeks. I just want to thank my family, my team, my closest friends, and anyone whoever pushed me forward in my career… y’all know who you are.
This made me hungry than ever to one day win one of these things. US Open, thanks for getting so far behind me. A DMV kid coming from such humble beginnings to then rocking the biggest stadium in our game means the world to me.
Thank you for paying y’all’s hard earn money to come and show love. I got so much more to give to this game. Can’t wait for y’all to enjoy the ride with me. I love you NYC I’ll be back,” said Tiafoe on Instagram.
Tiafoe also pointed out that he feels in a better spot to compete for Grand Slams when he talked about his US Open run.
“I mean, I can play with the best obviously, and I’m capable of winning Grand Slams. I think everyone knew when I play my best what I could do. But you know how close I can actually be to be one of those guys and to do this consistently.
Obviously through my career I’ve been pretty sporadic of playing well, veering off for a while. I’ve always backed myself against the best players in the world. I’m doing it on a consistent basis, starting to beat guys more readily.
Ready to take the next step," said Tiafoe.
Tennis stars believe in Tiafoe
American tennis legends Chris Evert and James Blake have encouraged Frances Tiafoe to keep his head up following his US Open semifinal exit. "You made us PROUD, Frances Tiafoe, and you WILL win the US Open one day," Evert wrote on Twitter.
Blake added: "Big Foe, you didn’t let anyone down. In fact, just the opposite. You lifted so many with your play and your heart. Many more chances," Blake wrote on Twitter.