Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama congratulated Frances Tiafoe on his strong performance at the US Open and added that there will certainly be many more great results for him in the future. Tiafoe, 24, reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at last US Open before falling short to eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz in five sets.
«@FTiafoe so proud of you! You were an incredible force on the court. I have a feeling we will all see you dominate for years to come,» Obama tweeted.
.@FTiafoe, I am so proud of you! You were an incredible force on the pitch.
Obama was present at the Tiafoe-Alcaraz party
On Friday night in New York, Obama came to watch Tiafoe’s US Open semifinal match against Alcaraz.
After suffering a five-set loss, Tiafoe revealed his hilarious reaction to seeing Obama following his match from the stands. “I saw it as 2-1 in the first, I kind of turned my head to the right. She looked at me. Before they announce it, put it on the Jumbotron, I already saw it.
Everyone was pointing at her. I’ve seen it. I think I gave it a spin. Yeah, she thinks I’m a bum, that I can’t go back (smiling),» Tiafoe said. “Seeing her there was crazy. There was obviously a lot of who’s who there tonight.
Obviously we all know what he means. Crazy. Crazy to meet her later. I’ve seen it before, but it’s a slightly different circumstance. She sees me and she’s actually excited to see me. Yes incredible. Incredible night».
Overall, it was a great run for Tiafoe, who is now the 19th-ranked player in the world. For the first time in his career, Tiafoe is in the top 20. Furthermore, Tiafoe achieved probably the biggest win of his career when he beat 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 at the US Open. It remains to be seen if Tiafoe can achieve more good results in the rest of the season.