Frances Tiafoe: It's a good idea to come together right now & try to speak out



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Frances Tiafoe: It's a good idea to come together right now & try to speak out

American tennis player Frances Tiafoe says he will continue to fight for equality and try to help as many people as he can, during an interview with CNN Sport. The 22 year old Tiafoe is one of the few African-American players ranked in the Top 100 of the men's rankings and says more needs to be done to make the sport more inclusive.

He has spoken out strongly about racial discrimination in recent days after the killing of George Floyd.

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I definitely feel that not everybody wants to see that success in me. I feel like I'm taking something from someone that may have liked to do that.

I definitely felt that because ultimately, they don't want us in power. I truly think that's a thing. Are we going to help everyone? Of course not, but I'm definitely going to help as many people as I can. That's my duty."

Tiafoe said he would like more players, who have a bigger platform, to speak out on the issue as well. "I think if more people who have weight, who have a big platform, speak out then I think change can happen and you can be optimistic.

Obviously you see everything going on in America right now, I think it's a good idea to come together right now and try to speak out." The American says he does not believe that the current violence and looting across the United States is the right answer but adds that he understands the frustrations of the people.

"I love the protests, I think it's great but, at the same time, amazing cities that have been there for many, many years, to see them like that hurts me. I personally don't think that's the answer. I don't condone it but at the same time, I get the frustrations.

It's a hand-in-hand thing. We're all equal, no one is better than the person to the left or right of me. We all need to come together. Some people take their power a little too seriously, and that's creating issues.

We need to all understand that everyone is just as important as everyone else." Frances Tiafoe is the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone immigrants. He broke into the Top 100 of the ATP rankings in 2016. With his victory at the 2018 Delray Beach Open, he became the youngest American title-holder on the men's Tour since Andy Roddick in 2002.

Tiafoe's best performance at a Grand Slam event came at the 2019 Australian Open, where he reached the quarterfinals.