Teen Tennis Talent’s Dream Story to be Profiled on HBO Real Sports
It has been 14 years since an American man hoisted a tennis Grand Slam trophy, but a revival looks to be underway with nine U.S. players ranked in the ATP’s Top 100, none more promising than the youngest person on that list, 19-year-old tennis star Frances Tiafoe. His tennis story will be told Tuesday on HBO Sports.
Now a resident of Maryland, Tiafoe is the son of refugees who escaped a war-torn Sierra Leone. When Frances was still a toddler, his father took a job as a maintenance man at a local tennis academy. It proved fateful, as Frances would spend countless hours at the club, quietly picking up the sport. Before long, the maintenance man’s son was beating the academy’s top talent and winning national tournaments.