US star Frances Tiafoe: 'I want to be remembered as Venus and Serena Williams'

The American explained how much Venus and Serena Willliams have done for African-American tennis

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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US star Frances Tiafoe: 'I want to be remembered as Venus and Serena Williams'

Frances Tiafoe lived a 2022 finally as a protagonist. A 2022 topped off by the first Grand Slam semifinal in his career, by the victory against Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the Laver Cup, alongside Jack Sock, before the decisive one against Stefanos Tsitsipas, and also by the near-triumph in the ATP 500 in Tokyo.

Victory born practically only by Taylor Fritz, who would have done so much good at the ATP Finals in Turin. In short, an eclectic and incredibly necessary character in the men's scene, the American has never hidden his esteem for the Williams sisters, and his story in Flushing Meadows has also attracted the attention of the general public.

During the radio show The Old Man & The Three, Frances Tiafoe explained how much Venus and Serena Willliams have done for African-American tennis without too many words, and how much being an inspirational model is in all respects a perhaps greater goal of the results in the court.

Frances Tiafoe: "I would like to be remembered"

Frances explained: "I'll be brutally honest. If Serena and Venus hadn't played tennis, I probably wouldn't have either. I remember when I was seven years old I saw them play against each other in the final at Wimbledon.

It was an incredible thing for me. Especially considering it was a predominantly white sport and I wasn't used to seeing two black girls play tennis. I looked at my dad and told him it was iconic. I'm not saying I want to join them or be like them, they are and will always be unique, but I would like to be remembered this way too.

I would like all the fans of this sport to come and see me, even those who don't follow tennis, because I did something important. I also wish more African-American people would start playing tennis and that ours could become an ever more accessible sport for all people.

I want to leave something and I hope to be able to do it in the next few years because I think it's the most important thing."

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