Frances Tiafoe opens up on Serena Williams' impact on him

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Frances Tiafoe opens up on Serena Williams' impact on him

Frances Tiafoe admits it is Serena Williams that made him believe that one day he could be an extremely successful Black tennis player. Tiafoe, 24, grew up watching and idolizing Serena and Venus Williams. Now, 2022 US Open semifinalist Tiafoe wants to do major things and be the one who will inspire Black kids to pick up a racket and play the game.

"Serena means everything to me and to many people. She and her sister are true icons of the sport. She is the real reason I believed I could be someone in the world of tennis. As a black person, I want to receive the respect that Serena had.

When I finish my career, if many kids who look like me are playing tennis, then I will feel like I have won. That is my biggest goal," Tiafoe said, per Sportskeeda.

Tiafoe wants to do big things

After reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open, Tiafoe also rose to a career-high ranking of No.

19 in the world. At 24, Tiafoe is entering his prime. "I'm trying to stay focused, which is the main thing. I'm very curious to see how far I can go in this sport. I have a lot of things to give to tennis. I think it's good for the sport that I do well," Tiafoe said.

Meanwhile, Tiafoe is competing at this week's ATP 500 event in Tokyo. In the Tokyo first round, Tiafoe defeated local player Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3 6-4. After a good US Open run, Tiafoe is aiming to continue his fine form during the indoor-hard swing.

Tiafoe has earned some respect following his run at Flushing Meadows and nobody is taking him for granted and he is viewed as a legitimate contender for titles. It remains to be seen if Tiafoe can win his first title of the year in the next few weeks.