The 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe has been the proud member of the top-30 for two weeks now following his breakthrough run at the Australian Open when he reached the first Grand Slam quarter-final. Frances lost to Rafael Nadal but he was more than happy with the way he performed in Melbourne overall, toppling Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov to reach the last eight and taking a well-deserved rest before Delray Beach where he has to defend the title and 250 points.
Twelve months ago, Frances played the New York Open, losing to Kevin Anderson in the quarter-final, and he decided to change his plans and take the last minute wild card and compete at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum once again next week.
The organizers suffered a big blow when Jack Sock, Alex de Minaur and the defending champion Kevin Anderson have all decided to withdraw and Frances will surely make things better and gather a solid crowd at Long Island. Tiafoe will be the second seed behind John Isner and he should fight for the title if he brings his best tennis, hoping to reach the third ATP final after Delray Beach and Estoril last year and carry his great form from the down under.
“Adding Frances to what is already a tremendous and talented field, is very excited for all of us involved with the New York Open,” said Josh Ripple, Tournament Chairman and co-Tournament Director of the New York Open.
“We look forward to seeing him build off of what he showed in Melbourne last month here in front of a great tennis fan base on Long Island”.