“Keep Playing This Game” – Frances Tiafoe’s Special Gesture for Andy Murray After Winston-Salem Victory

Published 08/25/2021, 12:03 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 27: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates his victory in his men’s singles first round match against James Duckworth of Australia on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


At 34 years old, Andy Murray features among the senior players on the current ATP tour. Although he has just three Grand Slam victories, fans and players on the tour still speak of the Briton in high regard.

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One of those players is American youngster Frances Tiafoe, who recently faced the former World No. 1. After recording a victory over Murray at the ongoing Winston-Salem Open, Tiafoe took to social media to appreciate the Briton.

Frances Tiafoe lauds Andy Murray for his career after Winston-Salem Open victory

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Tiafoe didn’t have an ideal start to the 2021 season. At the Australian Open, the 23-year-old lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic despite taking a set off the Serb.

However, he made a dream start to his outing at Wimbledon. By defeating current World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round, he scored his first win over a player in the Top 5. Although the World No. 51 suffered a third-round exit to Karen Khachanov, he built momentum with decent results in hard court tournaments.

After beating Murray in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open, Tiafoe wrote a post on social media appreciating the Briton for his personality and work in tennis.

He wrote“Love this dude man. Your a great person first athlete second. The drive and determination you show is just remarkable. Even till this day. @andymurray you show us everyday what loving what you do looks like. Keep playing this game for you not anybody else. “

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While paying compliments to Murray, he ended the post by saying the Briton had nothing left to prove since his success spoke for himself.

“You have nothing to prove to out here. Do you bro. Keep making yourself proud. I got nothing but respect for you slim,” the 23-year-old concluded.

MASON, OHIO – AUGUST 12: Andy Murray of Great Britain signs autographs after a training session on center court during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 12, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Tiafoe will face Thiago Monteiro in the Round of 16 at the Winston-Salem Open. While the American competes, Murray will wait until next week to play his next match in Flushing Meadows.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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