“I Was So Hyped For Her”: Frances Tiafoe Speaks Highly of Sloane Stephens After 1st Round Win at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/29/2021, 3:18 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. during his second round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Frances Tiafoe generated the biggest upset of the Wimbledon Championships 2021 after he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas. The American beat Stefanos 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in a rather comfortable victory. After his victory, Frances even praised fellow compatriot Sloane Stephens during the post-match press conference. The camaraderie between Francis and Sloane was clearly visible. He spoke highly of the World No. 73 in WTA rankings.

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Sloane Stephens won her first-round game without dropping a set against Petra Kvitova. She beat the Czech player 6-3, 6-4.

Frances will now be facing Vasek Pospisil of Canada, whereas Sloane will be facing her American friend, Kristie Ahn.

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Sloane Stephens of USA looks dejected in her match against Johanna Konta of Great Britain during day three of the 2019 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 01, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Frances Tiafoe and his thoughts on Sloane Stephens

Frances Tiafoe and Sloane Stephens are very good friends, as was evident from Tiafoe’s post-match press conference. Both Americans sprung big upsets on Day 1 of the Wimbledon Championships, and both are determined to go as far as possible in the tournament.

Yeah, it’s so funny. Me and Sloane were actually messaging literally about that because I was so hyped for her. You know I am a guy, I don’t know if you guys follow my socials, but I am a guy who always, if someone’s doing well, then I always show it love. And seeing her do so well in Paris was, I loved it. She hasn’t done something like that in a while… She is one of the best girls on tour, arguably. I mean she is fully there, I mean it’s not even, there is no gimmick. It is just facts,” Frances said.

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Sloane beat World No. 10, Petra Kvitova, and is surely one of the players to look out for this year. She dominated the game and was lethal with her shots. “Obviously playing against Petra, you have to bring your A game. I thought I played really well today. I’m just trying to keep the momentum going, trying to find that, like, good, consistent level again,” Sloane said during her post-match interview.

The second-round games will begin on Wednesday, where the two Americans will be seen in action.

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