A Star Is Born In Flushing??

Updated: August 30, 2016

By Richard Kent


NEW YORK –America may be back. That is in tennis. Yesterday,
Monday, 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe, a rising star took top-ranked American, John Isner to the brink. The match went the distance. Tiafoe won one more point than the 33-year-old but fell 6-3,6-4,6-7,2-6,6-7.
Isner, a huge server had a losing record in 2016 tiebreakers, but found the will to pull out 2 of them in the opening day of the Open.Tiafoe seemed to have no problem with the serve and actually had the hardest serve of the match, at 140 mph.
The crowd, in the brand new 8,000-seat grandstand was pulling for Tiafoe, led by chants from his twin brother, a rising college player.
Tiafoe has, according to no less than John McEnroe, a “funky” forehand, reminiscent of that of a younger Andy Murray.  Tiafoe’s parents are from Sierra Leone and his father was actually a construction worker on the tennis facility, built in College Park, Maryland, which gave birth to the hard working Tiafoe’s game.
The match marked the first 5-set one for Tiafoe on the ATP Tour. He had played one in Kalamazoo in the Boys event, defeating highly regarded Stefan Kozlov. The 6-1 Tiafoe played a relatively loose 5th set tiebreaker, after easily running by a laboring Isner in the first 2 sets, played in sweltering heat and humidity.
Entering the tilt, Tiafoe had only won 2 ATP events.
The loss will sting, but he will be back at the Open next year with abandon and a score to settle.

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