Frances Tiafoe – ‘Bigfoe’ To The Rest Of The World

Frances Tiafoe, fondly known as BigFoe is a ‘98 born professional tennis player from the USA. He comes from a humble background and his hard work during his younger years paved the way to success. Many articles have referred to Tiafoe as the Child Prodigy of immigrants and rightly so. He won the 2013 Orange Bowl when he was only 15 and 2 years after that he became the youngest American to participate in the main draw of the French Open. His highest rank by the ATP – Association of Tennis Professionals was 29 (February 2019) and he is currently at 31. 

Tiafoe has a contagious enthusiasm which quickly gained him a fan following. 6 ft 2 inches tall Tiafoe relies on a big serve and powerful forehand. He can launch serves at over 140 mph. 

Bio Table

Age 24 years
Height 1.88 m 
Nationality  American 
Turned Professional 2015
Coach Wayne Ferreira 
Prize Money US $5,337,510
Highest Ranking #29 (11-Feb-2019)
Current Ranking #31 (23-Mar-2022)
Social Media Profile  Instagram: bigfoe1998

Twitter: FTiafoe 

Personal Information and Relationships

  • Tiafoe was born at Hyattville, Maryland on January 20, 1998. He now resides at Floria, USA
  • His parents Constant Tiafoe and Alpina Kamara immigrated from Sierra Leone in 1993. Tiafoe has a twin brother named Franklin. 
  • Tiafoe’s father started working as a day laborer at the construction site of JTCC. JTCC or Junior Tennis Champions Center is a national governing body for tennis in the United States of America. He was later hired as the onsite custodian and provided with a spare office to live at the center. 
  • Since Tiafoe and his brother were living with their father, they developed a fondness towards tennis at an early age of 4. A year later, their father arranged for their official training by bypassing the usual fees. 
  • It was Misha Kouznetsov who noticed Tiafoe’s work ethic and interest and helped sponsor him to play at tournaments at the age of 8. Kouznetsov continued to coach him for 9 years until he moved to the USTA training center at Boca Raton, Florida. 
  • Tiafoe is currently dating Ayan Broomfield
  • Ayan Broomfield is a 24 years old tennis player from Ontario, Canada. 

Career

Through hardwork and perseverance Tiafoe quickly climbed the ladder of success. He won multiple titles such as: 

  • world #2 in the international tennis federation junior rankings
  • international tournament at Les Petits As in France
  • youngest player to win Orange bowl 
  • Easter bowl, second-tier Grade B1 event 

Interestingly, Tiafoe was the first American to win both, the last was John McEnroe in 2917! 

  • Won USTA Junior National Championship at the age of 17 and earned a wild card into the main draw at 2015 US Open. 
  • In 2019 he achieved his personal best rank at 29 and earned 33 victories in the year 2021. His biggest win was No. 3 Tsitsipas en route to Vienna Final 
  • As a 20 year old, Tiafoe won 1st ATP tour title at 2018 Delray Beach and continues to be youngest American Champion
  • On his 21st birthday, Tiafoe defeated Dimitrov and reached 1st Grand Slam QF at 2019 Australian Open and became the youngest American Grand Slam quarter finalist 
  • Tiafoe also became the first American to advance to US Open 4R in 2020 and 2021 
  • Tiafoe is one of the few African American players on the ATP tour and aims to be a role model to youngsters. 

Prize Money Earnings 

The prize money earnings for Singles, Doubles and endorsements combined is estimated to be $5,33,510 out of which $179,601 is for Singles 

Endorsements and Sponsors

  • Tiafoe’s apparel was initially sponsored by Adidas but since 2016 it has been by Nike. 
  • His racquet is by Yonex (VCORE Pro 97) 
  • He is the face of luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer since 2019 
  • He has also been associated with Nesquik since 2020.  

Net Worth 

Tiafoe’s net worth is estimated to be over $6 million which has been sourced from tennis prize money and various endorsements. 

Trivia 

  • Tiafoe associates himself with multiple social causes. During the racial tensions due to police brutality incident in the year 2020, Tiafoe and his girlfriend Ayan Broomfield sparked a social media movement called – Rackets down, hands up 
  • Tiafoe also auctioned a signed memorabilia to support the benefit Center For Disaster Philanthropy during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • The involvement in these causes earned him the 2020 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award