Tiafoe offers hope for the present and future of men’s tennis in the United States

NEW YORK (AFP) – Francis Tiafoe ran into the US Open semifinals, first of all, about Tiafoe himself, the 24-year-old from Maryland, who played tennis because his father was a janitor at a junior training center, and he was a tennis player. Who has not won a match after the fourth round in a Grand Slam tournament so far, owns one ATP title and a career record of less than 0.500, and his ranking has ranged from 24 to 74 over the past two seasons.

“Cinderella’s story,” he said.

The tale of Tiafoe – which already includes beating 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal all the way to Friday’s match against third seed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain with a berth in the final at stake – is much more than that, too.

It’s an important step forward for American men’s tennis at the moment and could help develop the sport in the future as well.

Tiafoe is the first man from the United States to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows since Andy Roddick, 16 years ago. He has a shot at giving his country its first male champion in any slam tournament since Roddick in New York, 19 years ago.