NEW YORK — Simply over an hour after Frances Tiafoe upset 22-time main champion Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, on Monday in entrance of an adoring near-capacity crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium to advance to his first US Open quarterfinals, his night time by some means acquired even higher.
Whereas checking his cellphone after getting again to the locker room, he noticed a tweet from LeBron James about what he had simply accomplished.
Alongside a video of the match’s ultimate moments posted by the event’s account, James wrote, “CONGRATS Young King!!! You earned it!” Tiafoe could not imagine it.
“Man, I was losing it in the locker room,” Tiafoe advised reporters later whereas laughing. “Bro, I was going crazy.”
Tiafoe stated he hesitated earlier than retweeting it, desirous to at the least seem like the tweet wasn’t an enormous deal.
“I was like, ‘Do I retweet it as soon as he sent it?’ I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to be cool and act like I didn’t see it and then retweet it three hours later,'” Tiafoe defined.
Tiafoe has channeled James earlier than in a few of his postmatch celebrations and he went on to name him, “my guy” Monday. He additionally stated Wealthy Paul, James’ agent, despatched him a textual content after the match to congratulate him.
Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards — Tiafoe’s favourite workforce — was seated in his participant field through the match.
Tiafoe stated it was Beal’s first time attending a tennis match however doubtless not his final.
“He wants to come again,” Tiafoe stated. “It was cool. Special day for me.”
CONGRATS Younger King!!! You earned it! @FTiafoe 🙏🏾✊🏾🤎👑 https://t.co/QQ0Jn7Lotp
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 5, 2022
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 5, 2022