Feeling obliged to know something about this hitherto unknown tennis star, in the wake of his epic first round match with Roger Federer? We collate all the main conversation-worthy facts about Frances Tiafoe...
Country of birth: United States
Birth-date: 20 January 1998
Year turned pro: 2015
Coach: Robby Ginepri (2005 US Open semifinalist)
Current prize money: US#638,000
Grand slam results: First and second rounds between 2015 and the present
Early Pre-Competitive Life
- His parents were immigrants from Sierra Leone
- A year after Tiafoe was born, his father started working as a day laborer on a construction crew that built the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland. He was later hired as a custodian there
- A age 4, Tiafoe began training at the same place where his father worked
Early Competitive Life
- On December 13, 2013, Tiafoe became the youngest player to win the Orange Bowl (The Orange Bowl is one of the five most prestigious ITF junior tournaments, rated by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as 'Grade A'.)
Professional Career before he broke into the ATP top 100
- Tiafoe played his first professional matches in 2014 upon receiving wild card entries into the qualifying rounds of three US ATP tournaments, including the US Open, but failed to break into the main draw for all of them.
- Played Challenger tournaments in the first half of 2015
- Made his grand slam debut at the 2015 French Open upon earning the only American wild card entry into its main draw, but lost to Klizan in the first round
- In August 2015, Tiafoe won the U18 US National tennis championships, earning a Wild Card into the main draw of the US Open as a result, but lost to Troicki in the first round
Professional Career after he broke into the ATP top 100
- Pushed John Isner to five sets in the first round of the 2016 US Open
- Broke into the top 100 with his first title at the Stockholm ATP Challenger
- Finished the year ranked 108, making him the highest-ranked player born in 1998 for the second year in row
- Had his first grand slam win over Mikhail Kukushkin at the 2017 Australian Open.
- Had his first win over an ATP 50 when he defeated Robin Haase in four sets at the 2017 Wimbledon championships
- Pulled off an upset over fellow nextgen Alexander Zverev Jr. in the Cincinnati Masters tournament
- Pushed Roger Federer to five sets (hours ago at the time of this writing)!
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