(Photo : Rob Carr/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC – L-R: Rich Kleiman, NBA participant Kevin Durant, Marjorie Harris, her husband, new Washington Commanders minority proprietor Josh Harris, and Mubadala Citi DC Open Chairman Mark Ein watch the Frances Tiafoe and Asian Karatsev match throughout Day 4 of the at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 01, 2023 in Washington, DC.
Frances Tiafoe can not help however really feel humbled as he seems as the largest star within the ongoing 2023 Washington Open on the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center.
He is competing in two occasions within the ATP Tour 500 collection, and he feels elated by the help he’s getting from his countrymen. He particularly talked about the presence of some NBA gamers.
The 25-year-old recalled how powerful the journey is to turn out to be a tennis professional, and now, he performs towards the sport’s finest.
“Now I’m playing this tournament,” he mentioned.
“People are here to see me. I’m packing it out. Doubles was nuts yesterday. Packed it out today. Guys like KD and [Kentavious] Caldwell-Pope and Gaff [Daniel Gafford] want to come see me play.”
“I’m humble they want to take the time out and come and watch me play. Yeah, it’s so impactful, and it’s one of those things you want to keep these moments going.”
KD provides props to Tiafoe
Kevin Durant, born in Washington and raised in Maryland, the place Tiafoe is from, expressed admiration and delight for the US consultant after beating Russia’s Aslan Karatsev within the second spherical.
“He’s just bringing, first of all, that energy from this area,” Durant mentioned. “He’s representing right, so we’re all proud of him.”
“He’s just bringing that energy from this area… we’re all proud of him.”
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 2, 2023
Tiafoe’s trajectory will make anybody proud. He got here to the Washington Open as a second seed and grew to become the world no. 10 final June.
He received near a Grand Slam title in 2022 after reaching the semifinals and shedding to Carlos Alcaraz.
He presently has three profession titles within the Men’s Singles. Maybe the Washington crowd can push him to his fourth.
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