US Open semis, Big Foe, Sierra Leone: Everything you always wanted to know about Frances Tiafoe (but never had time to find out) – updated after 2024 Houston final

Here are answers to some questions you may have about 2022 US Open semi-finalist Frances Tiafoe, a two-time ATP singles titlist who will make his UTS debut om Los Angeles in 2023

Francies Tiafoe at the 2023 Indian Wells Masters Francis Tiafoe at the 2023 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Image Credit: AI/Reuters/Panoramic

Who is Frances Tiafoe?

Frances Tiafoe is a professional tennis player from the United States of America.

Why is Frances Tiafoe in the news?

Tiafoe played in the final of the Houston Open on Sunday, April 7, 2024 against fellow American Ben Shelton. It was the first-ever final on the ATP Tour contested by two African American men.

Shelton won the match, claiming crucial breaks in the first and third sets to prevail 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 and win his second ATP title. For Tiafoe, he was attempting to defend the Houston title, which he won in 2023.

The loss sees Tiafoe slip to a losing record since last playing Shelton in the 2023 US Open quarter-finals.

What did Frances Tiafoe do at the 2023 US Open?

Frances Tiafoe reached the quarter-finals of the 2023 US Open but lost there to compatriot Ben Shelton 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2. He was very disappointed with his performance, saying afterwards, “I can’t keep having these matches in Slams.”

What did Frances Tiafoe do at the 2022 US Open?

Frances Tiafoe reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at the 2022 US Open. In the round of 16, he beat second seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. However, he lost in the semi-final to Carlos Alcaraz 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3.

What did Frances Tiafoe do at the 2023 Laver Cup?

Tiafoe made his fourth appearance at the Laver Cup this year, helping Team World to a 13-2 victory over Team Europe at the 2023 Laver Cup.

The American won six points for his team, winning in each of the three matches he contested. On day one, Tiafoe combined with Tommy Paul to take on Arthur Fils and Andrey Rublev in the final doubles match of the day, winning 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 in a match tiebreaker.

On day two, Frances Tiafoe defeated Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, before teaming up with Ben Shelton on the final day to seal Team World’s victory with a doubles win over Rublev and Hurkacz, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).

How many ATP Tour titles has Frances Tiafoe won?

Three, as of April 8, 2024. Tiafoe won his first ATP singles title at Delray Beach in 2018. He won his second title in Houston on clay in April 2023. He then won in Stuttgart to join the small club of active male players who have won a title on every tour surface.

He has also reached five other finals – two on hard courts and three on clay.

Has Frances Tiafoe played UTS?

The American made his Ultimate Tennis Showdown debut in 2023 with the UTS Showdown in Los Angeles in July 2023. Tiafoe is known as ‘Big Foe’ and joined the likes of Taylor ‘The Hotshot’ Fritz, Ben ‘The Mountain’ Shelton, Diego ‘El Peque’ Schwartzman and Yibing ‘The Great Wall’ Wu.

Following Kyrgios’ withdrawal from the tournament due to injury, it was announced that ‘Big Foe’ would be coached by the Australian.

Where is Frances Tiafoe from?

Frances Tiafoe was born in Hyattsville, Maryland, in the United States of America.

How old is Frances Tiafoe?

Frances Tiafoe was born on January 20, 1998, making him currently 25 years old.

How tall is Frances Tiafoe?

According to his ATP profile, Frances Tiafoe is 6′ 2″ tall.

What is Frances Tiafoe’s career-high ranking?

Frances Tiafoe’s career-high ranking is No 10, which he achieved for the first time on June 19, 2023 after winning the Stuttgart title. You can find his current ranking and his rankings history on his ATP Tour profile page.

Who are Frances Tiafoe’s parents?

Frances Tiafoe’s parents are Frances Senior and Alphina. They moved from Sierra Leone to the USA in 1996. arents emigrated from Sierra Leone in 1996. Frances Senior was head of maintenance at Junior Tennis Champions Center in Maryland, where Frances and his twin brother Franklin trained as children.

What is Frances Tiafoe’s nickname?

Frances Tiafoe’s nickname is Big Foe.

Who is Frances Tiafoe’s coach?

Frances Tiafoe’s coach is Argentinian Diego Moyano, who has previously worked with Kevin Anderson and Coco Gauff.

Before that, he spent three years working with Wayne Ferreira, a South African former professional, who reached two Australian Open semi-finals in singles, and was once ranked as high as sixth in the world.

How much prize money has Frances Tiafoe won?

Frances Tiafoe has won more than $10.5 million in prize money so far in his career, as of April 8, 2024. You can find his current prize money stats on his ATP Tour profile page.

Is Frances Tiafoe on social media?

Yes, Frances Tiafoe is on social media. He is on Twitter and Instagram, and also has a Facebook page, although that is very rarely updated.

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