‘She Went Straight From Work to the Airport.’ – First Time Grand Slam Semifinalist Tommy Paul Explains What His Mom Did Before His Match

Published 01/25/2023, 8:50 AM EST
Mar 13, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Tommy Paul (USA) plays a point in his second round match against Alexander Zverev (GER) at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Amazing! Tommy Paul reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open. Meanwhile, his doting mother flew down to Melbourne just to see his son play in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. And just like a proud son, he also displayed his affection that might have meant a lot to her mother. 

The 25-year-old tennis player defeated fellow American, Ben Shelton, in an amazing head-to-head quarterfinal round and put a full stop to Shelton’s fairytale wish to reach the semi-finals. Tommy had never gone beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament before this year’s Australian Open, but now he will test himself against either Novak Djokovic or Andrey Rublev in the semi-finals. 

Tommy Paul’s mother flies to see his son play his first quarter-finals 


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The 25-year-old tennis player’s mother played a huge part in his tennis career. She was the one who wanted him to take up tennis. And since then, he has given his hundred percent to the sport.

However, when for the first time, the American reached the quarter final of Australian Open, his mother flew from New Jersey to Australia to see his son play his most challenging and crucial match in one of the most prestigious tournaments of the ATP tour . In the post match interview, after the world number 35 defeated the 20-year-old tennis player, he gave a special shoutout to his mother for taking time out just to see him play the quarter-finals, .

He waved at his mother and said, “I am just really excited right now.. because my Mom after I won in the round of 16. She hopped on a plane yesterday. Yaa, she is right up there. She got here this morning, she went straight from work to the airport to get here and watch my match today.” 


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Notably, Paul is also accompanied by his girlfriend Paige Lorenze on the Australian Open tour. His girlfriend is a well-known Instagram influencer who was also seen rooting for him from the stands. 

Tommy Paul’s sweet gesture to his mother at Canadian Open 

Last year, the American tennis player, after winning the round of 32 against Carlos Alcaraz at the Canadian Open, dedicated his victory to his mother. After the end of the match, the American signed the winner’s camera with the message reading, “Hey mum” for her mother. 


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However, when asked about what was the reason behind the short message, he explained that his mother wanted him to cut his beard short. Adding, he signed and wrote the message just to let her mother know that he has fulfilled her mother’s wish.



Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. In the past, she has interned at the sports desk of The Hitavada, a regional English daily newspaper.

Edited By: Arijit Saha