Tennis Identity

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.

Frances Tiafoe

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.

Watch Tuesday night, June 20 (10-11 PM ET/PT) on HBO as REAL SPORTS correspondent Mary Carillo goes one-on-one with the Hyattsville-native as he prepared for the French Open to find out how he is dealing with the pressure of bringing American tennis back to the forefront.

Tiafoe with Mary Carillo

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