Frances Tiafoe: the next great American tennis player


Frances Tiafoe: the next great American tennis player

The last time an American as young Frances Tiafoe won their first ATP tournament was in 2001. His name was Andy Roddick, and he was 18 years old. Tiafoe just turned 20. Roddick went on to win 32 ATP level tournaments, including the 2003 US Open. He also finished that year number one and participated in three Wimbledon Finals and one additional US Open final. In sum, Andy Roddick was the last great American Tennis player. Andy Roddick is a hall of famer.


Since Roddick, there has been a complete drought. No player since Roddick has had the talent to be at the top – until now. I believe Frances Tiafoe is the next great American tennis player. He’s exciting to watch, plays with emotion, has a monster forehand, and comes from an incredible background. What else can you say about this kid? Everyone loves him!


On his way to win his first ATP tournament, he beat some pretty heavy hitters like Del Potro (a career maker win), Chung and Shapovalov. He then completely overwhelmed German Gojowczyk in the final 6-1, 6-4. The final was never close. So, what lies ahead?


According to an analysis from James Blake on Tennis Channel; he’s more consistent, he’s had lots of opportunities at big match play, and he’s improving all aspects of his game. I agree. I’ve seen him have flashes of great tennis, but at Delray, he was consistent, served smart and big, and was patient. If he continues on like what we saw at Delray, Tiafoe can come into the summer swing and go deep at the US Open. Finally! We have someone in the men’s side to cheer for! It’s been tough cheering for Isner or Querry for the last five years or so. Sorry guys, just being honest.


Let’s go Tiafoe!!


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