Frances Tiafoe is undoubtedly one of the friendliest tennis players on the ATP circuit and one of those who entertain the public in the stands during tournaments. The American has chosen to start his preparation for the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the 2022 season, from the ATP 500 in Washington.
The American aspires to obtain satisfactory results in her land (or near her), so it can be expected that she will play in the Masters 1000 in Montreal and Cincinnati, as well as already in the capital. The 24-year-old will play for access to the quarterfinals of the competition against Dutchman Botic van der Zandschulp, seeded number eight in the draw.
It will be a difficult game for the boy from Maryland, who will have to give everything to get another important victory. At the end of the opening match against Eubanks, Tiafoe said: "I'm playing at a very good level again.
This year I had a bad time, I got injured at the beginning of the season and then I didn't play bad at all, but I wasn't close to the level I showed at the end of last year. Since Wimbledon I feel that I am returning to my level, with good victories, and recovering the positive sensations.
Getting to the fourth round at the London Slam helped me, plus the two good matches last week in Atlanta where I made it to the semis," she commented. On why Americans don't win Slams, Frances replied, "This question it is done a lot, it has nothing to do with the flags.
It's a question that has Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to blame. They are a big problem for everyone. Fritz won a Masters 1000, Opelka reached a final last year and both are in the top 20. Taylor should have made it to the semis at Wimbledon, he came close to beating Rafa and I had a good string of wins in prestigious events.
I don't think we are that far away, we are at a very competitive level, Tommy Paul too."
Djokovic will miss the Canadian Open
Guest on Patrick McEnroe's podcast, Jonathan Reiner, cardiologist at the George Washington University Hospital, did not fail to criticize Novak Djokovic for his positions concerning in particular vaccination against Covid, although he is still d okay with the fact that he should be able to play the US Open.
“Even though I think he should be playing at the US Open, I think he was completely wrong at the worst time of the pandemic, when he should have been held up as an example and he didn't. did not. What he did is very selfish, it's what he did this winter, it's pure selfishness.
When I look at athletes, I see them as role models for the public and they try to represent the best of us. When guys play baseball or go to the US Open and cheer on a player, I hope that player teaches me what I need to do to reach higher levels in my life. A demonstration of courage, discipline or sacrifice."