Frances Tiafoe had several basketball players in her support box at the US Open
Frances Tiafoe played in his first major semi-final on Friday night, and he was supported by VIPs throughout his run at the US Open.
The 24-year-old Maryland native is a huge fan of his hometown teams, led by the Washington Wizards. Wizards star Bradley Beal attended some of Tiafoe’s matches in the player’s private box during the US Open. Tiafoe even shouted Beal after the emerging star’s upset victory over Rafael Nadal.
For his quarterfinal match against Andrey Rublev, Tiafoe had even more basketball players in his box.
In addition to Beal, Denver Nuggets goaltender Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (formerly of the Wizards) was in attendance. Other basketball players included Alex McLean, who played college ball at Liberty and professionally overseas; and Rob Dosierformer Quincy player and current Wizards’ G League affiliate assistant.
Bradley and Kamiah Beal, Kentavious and McKenzie Caldwell-Pope, Alex McLean, Rob Dosier and Kiki Rice return to New York to support Frances Tiafoe in her US Open quarter-final pic.twitter.com/3sBrolVZ6a
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Tiafoe’s parents also attended his matches. His trainer Wayne Ferreira is probably the most focused person in the group in the box.
Prior to his semi-final at the US Open, Tiafoe’s best major result was a quarter-final appearance at the 2019 Australian Open. Coming into Friday’s match, Tiafoe had dropped only only one set of the entire tournament – against Nadal in the fourth round.