NewsTennis Star Announces The Launch Of The 'Frances Tiafoe Fund'

Tennis Star Announces The Launch Of The ‘Frances Tiafoe Fund’

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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 01: Frances Tiafoe of the United States celebrates winning a point against Asian Karatsev during Day 4 of the Mubadala Citi DC Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 01, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

A tennis player has returned to where he honed his game to announce that he has started a fund to help younger people who want to help on the road to success.

According to The Associated Press, tennis player Frances Tiafoe was at a clinic for younger players at the venue where he once played to obtain the skills he still uses today professionally. While at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in College Park, Maryland, he announced the launch of The Frances Tiafoe Fund. The self-titled fund is in conjunction with the USTA Foundation, the charitable arm of the sport’s national federation.
He shared that he wanted to do this for some time to help people.

“I’ve wanted to do this for a long time. It’s something I’ve always been passionate about. I love people. I love helping people,” Tiafoe said. “I’m a product of this place. I’m a guy who was given a chance—who wouldn’t have really had one—and look what I was able to do with it. I feel like more people need to be given that, especially in this area, and especially people who look like me. I know how much influence I have in this area, so I’m happy to start it here in D.C.”

After emigrating from Sierra Leone, his father helped build the park and did maintenance work after it was constructed. He and his twin brother, Franklin, learned to play tennis there.

Tiafoe is slated to compete in the joint ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals)–WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) hard-court tournament in Washington, D.C. (the Mubadala City DC Open).

Source: Black Enterprise

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