Frances Tiafoe Swells With Pride as Local NBA Team Washington Wizards Honors Him With a Special Gift

Published 02/07/2024, 2:11 AM EST

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A few days back Frances Tiafoe was spotted attending a match of the Maryland Women’s Basketball Team at the Xfinity Center. And, now he pays a visit to another one of his favorite teams, Washington Wizards. The 26YO American tennis star also got a gift from his local NBA team during his recent visit.

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Washington Wizards honored their local superstar with a bobblehead portraying the mini version of himself. The first 10,000 fans at the Wizards match against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday will get this special edition bobblehead featuring Frances Tiafoe. But how did Tiafoe react after seeing his lookalike?

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The bobblehead features Tiafoe, wearing a wizard jersey and holding a tennis racket stenciled in the team’s colors and the base of it showcases a “Welcome to Maryland” highway sign. It’s a reference to his Hyattsville Md. roots in addition to his name. The bobblehead is one of three collectibles that Wizards fans can take home on February 10. It’s part of the team’s “For The District” series and the campaign recognizes and honors those who have made an impact and brought pride to the D.C. area.

Frances Tiafoe looked impressed with his bobblehead. He said, “Oh! Hell Yeah..and this is incredible. Honestly, serious man..love this hairband, 22. I really appreciate it. This is unbelievable. I’m super excited. You got the lined-up beard, not the rough beard, which I like. You got the haircuts, fades, and everything. This is definitely my look, this is 100% my look. You’ve done a great job.

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This celebration comes with a charitable donation from the Wizards to the organization of the subject’s choice. They’ll also donate $10,000 to Tiafoe’s charitable fund. Tiafoe’s love for different sports has made him a quite popular figure in the American sports world. Recently, he met American college basketball star, Caitlin Clark. 

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Tiafoe is surprised to know Clark used to be a tennis player earlier

Frances Tiafoe met her on Saturday after Caitlin Clark’s Iowa Hawkeyes clinched a victory against the University of Maryland. Here is what they said during the conversation, “I used to be a tennis player back in the day,” Clark told Tiafoe. He responded, “Oh you actually played?

To this Caitlin Clark jokingly replied, “I got kicked out of tennis class and that was the end of my tennis career.” Then Tiafoe said, “I think you made a good decision!

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Tiafoe will be participating in the Dallas Open this week and if he gets through to the semis which will be held on Saturday, it’ll be difficult for him to be present at the Wizards’ event, which happens to take place on the same day. He won two titles last year, and currently, he’s one of the favorites to clinch his first ATP Tour title of the season in Dallas.

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