5 things you should know about Frances Tiafoe
Tiafoe has taken both Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro to tiebreaks this month.
All of 19 years old, American youngster Frances Tiafoe is considered among the country’s newest – and quickest rising stars. After big fights this year against former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro – and yesterday, against former No. 1 Roger Federer, Tiafoe is quickly declaring himself despite having entered most Tour tournaments as a qualifier.
Now, he’s part of the ATP’s ‘NextGen’ hopefuls and already making his mark!
Here are 5 reasons he has big potential:
#5 Early successes
Tiafoe, who grew up in the tennis-friendly area of College Park, Maryland began, like many of the best players today, very early. He commenced his training aged only four in his home city, where his father, Constant, worked.
At 15 years old, Tiafoe won perhaps the most prestigious tournament for a tennis junior – the Orange Bowl in Miami, in 2013. In 2014, he followed up that record-breaking victory with the Easter Bowl, considered the top tournament for an American junior.
Those wins led Tiafoe to be the top seed in the boys’ singles at the 2014 French Open, where he suffered an early shock upset. But by the US Open, the youngster recouped to make the semi-finals of the tournament, where he lost a tight five-setter.
Since then, Tiafoe’s star was only in the ascendency. Title wins in 2015 saw him receive a wildcard into the US Open, which came quick on the heels of his first ever Major appearance at that year’s French Open.
His professional career has only grown since.