Juan Martin Del Potro is my hero, says Frances Tiafoe.

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One of the main characters in the Atp 500 competition in Acapulco is Frances Tiafoe. The American tennis player advanced to the round of 16 where he will play Feliciano Lopez after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets in the opening round.

The sixth seed took part in a Mextennis event intended to show the athletes’ most vulnerable sides just before the Mexican competition got underway. The Maryland resident, 25, acknowledged that, even as a young boy, he had a clear sense of what he intended to do with his life.

He clarified: “When I was a young child, I’ve always wanted to play tennis professionally. I had the chance to become a professional, and I wanted to. My mother is still upset with me for not going to college, but I knew it wasn’t in the cards.

When I was younger, I used to watch the US Open and daydream about competing there.” He then said: “I watched Gael Monfils and Andre Agassi as a child. Federer, Roger. Roberto Nadal. The first player I ever saw in person was Juan Martin Del Potro, who instantly rose to the status of hero in my eyes.”

Juan Martin Del Potro is my hero, says Frances Tiafoe.

Tiafoe is now regarded as one of the American tennis school’s most gifted representatives.

The 16th-ranked player in the world acknowledged that many of his companions with whom he shared this passion are still in contact with him. He said: “We grew up together, and I still keep in touch with many of the boys I played with. I’ve been practicing constantly, like right now.

What I’ve accomplished is truly amazing.” The American took part in the event, which was also attended by notables like Matteo Berrettini and Feliciano Lopez, and then he traveled to one of the training camps where he and his fellow countryman Mackenzie McDonald had a rally.