Frances Tiafoe noticed the presence of former First Lady Michelle Obama and began to worry that she thought he was a “crappy” since he was struggling on his comeback at the start of his match against Carlos Alcaraz.
On Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Tiafoe lost to Alcaraz in the US Open semi-final in five sets. “I saw her at 2-1 in the first set, I kind of turned my head to the right.
She looked at me. Before they announced it, put it on the Jumbotron, I had already seen it. Everyone was pointing at her. I saw it. I think I missed a ball return.
I thought to myself, she thinks I’m a good for nothing, that I don’t know how to make a comeback (smile),” Tiafoe said. “Seeing her there, it was crazy. There were a lot of people there tonight.
We all know what it represents. It was crazy. It’s crazy to be able to meet her afterwards. I’ve seen her before, but the circumstances are a bit different. She came to see me play and she’s really happy to do it, it’s just amazing.
An unforgettable night.”
Tiafoe on his impressive tie-break record.
Tiafoe won 8 tie-breaks throughout the US Open. On Friday, Tiafoe came up short in five sets, with Alcaraz winning 6-7(6) 6-3 6-1 6-7(5) 6-3.
After winning two sets via tie-break, Tiafoe laughed as even he didn’t know what to say after reaching the number 8 tie-break at Flushing Meadows.
“I don’t know what to say,” Tiafoe said. “It’s crazy. I was laughing after winning the fourth set in the tie-break. It’s insane. I don’t know. I imagine the breaks come into their own.
I really don’t know what to say.” Tiafoe failed to reach his first Grand Slam final but is set to break into the top 20 for the first time in his career on Monday.