Michelle Obama, a former first lady of the United States, praised Frances Tiafoe for his performance at the US Open and predicted that he would have many more outstanding performances in the future. At the recent US Open, 24-year-old Tiafoe advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal before losing to eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz in a five-setter match.
“@FTiafoe, I’m really pleased with you! On the court, you were an incredible force. We’ll all be watching you rule in the years to come, I have a hunch “Tweets from Obama.
.@FTiafoe, I’m really pleased with you! On the court, you were an incredible force. We’ll all be watching you rule in the years to come, I have a feeling. pic.twitter.com/CtOjfwT3U8 — Michelle Obama, September 12, 2022, via Twitter
Obama watched the Tiafoe-Alcaraz game in person.
Obama traveled to New York on Friday night to see Tiafoe play Alcaraz in the US Open semifinals.
Tiafoe described his amusing reaction to witnessing Obama watching his play from the stands after losing in five sets. “I kind of turned my head right when I saw her about 2-1 in the first. She gave me a glance. I had already spotted her when they announced her on the Jumbotron.
She was being pointed at by everyone. I noticed her. I believe I missed a return. Yes, she believes I am a loser who is unable to make a return (smiling), “said Tiafoe. “It was absurd to see her there. Present were undoubtedly a number of famous people there tonight.
Of course, we understand what she means. Crazy. Crazy finally meeting her. I’ve seen her before, although the situation is slightly different. She recognizes me and is genuinely happy to see me. Unbelievable, I agree. Incredible night.”
Tiafoe, who is currently ranked 19th in the world, had a fantastic run overall. Tiafoe became a top-20 player for the first time in his professional career. In the round of 16 of the US Open, Rafael Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam champion, was defeated by Tiafoe, giving him perhaps the biggest victory of his career. It will be interesting to watch if Tiafoe can secure additional successful outcomes over the course of the season.