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Frances Tiafoe: ‘I want to use my story to inspire others, you can’t make it up’ | Donald McRae

The Guardian
Monday 13 May 2019 15:17

Frances Tiafoe used to sleep at the tennis centre where his father was janitor, now the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone is taking on the great names in the sport“It’s a movie, man, an absolute movie. I say it all the time,” Frances Tiafoe exclaims of his incredible life story. Born into a family of West African immigrants, Tiafoe escaped the disadvantages of his early years in America to become one of the most exhilarating young players in world tennis. Four months ago, at the Australian Open, the 21-year-old came through a series of brutal matches to reach his first grand slam quarter-final. After each victory, Tiafoe screamed and tore off his shirt as if to show us how he had transformed his life. Related: Novak Djokovic eyes Paris after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas to win Madrid Open You don’t have to be from the upper echelon to be great. If you want something in life, go get itDimitrov was absolute war. I left everything out there because I wanted it bad. I wanted Rafa Related: Amir Khan: ‘I am on the last chapter. I only have a few more fights left in me’ Continue reading...

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