American tennis star Frances Tiafoe says his purpose on the court is bigger than just winning or losing a match.
Tiafoe, 23, wanted to do well at the US Open but his main goal was to entertain fans and give them a memorable experience, especially to those younger ones.
Tiafoe, ranked at No. 50 in the world, made the US Open round-of-16 before losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime.
“I came to nyc I wanted to put on a show. I’d be damned if I didn’t do just that. It’s bigger than tennis for me y’all. When I’m out there competing for y’all. I want y’all to know that tennis can be fun. You can show your personality man. You can be you. And still compete with the best of em. It’s not just about forehands and backhands. Or wins and losses. It’s soo much bigger than that. Change a kids life for who you are not only by just what you do. Thanks @usopen for everything can’t wait for next year,” Tiafoe wrote in an Instagram post.
Tiafoe noted he still badly wanted to win
Following his US Open exit, Tiafoe said his goal was to give fans a memorable experience but also underlined that he badly wanted to win at Flushing Meadows.
“You’re going to win tennis matches, you’re going to lose tennis matches. That’s the shit that matters. That’s why I wake up every day and go crazy, I do all that, because a little kid is going to remember that. Parents are paying their hard-earned money to put their kids in seats and watch it. I just want to put on a show,” Tiafoe explained.
“Don’t get that twisted as I’m just out here trying to be an entertainer. I want to win just as bad as the next person. I still generally want to win. I want to have fun and I want everybody in the crowd to enjoy those three hours, four hours, however long I’m out there as well.”