“Trying to Win This Damn Thing” – Frances Tiafoe Calls on Home Support After Winston-Salem Open Victory

Published 08/26/2021, 7:14 AM EDT
Aug 12, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Frances Tiafoe of the United States returns a ball to Gael Monfils of France (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports


Frances Tiafoe continued his run at the ongoing Winston-Salem Open with a victory over Thiago Monteiro. The American recorded a straight sets victory over his Brazilian opponent to advance to the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 tournament.

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After the match, Tiafoe made a simple request in a short, yet hilarious manner to all the fans watching him.

Frances Tiafoe calls on fans to watch his matches at the Winston-Salem Open

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While fans divert their attention towards the US Open, the Winston-Salem Open remains unfinished. Although it’s an ATP 250 tournament, it has players like Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Pablo Carreno Busta taking part.

Seeded 13th in the tournament, Tiafoe looks to clinch his second career ATP title since the 2018 Delray Beach Open. Prior to his win over Monteiro, he clinched a convincing win over former World No. 1 Andy Murray, to signal his intent.

After defeating Monteiro yesterday, the 23-year-old requested fans to watch him in an entertaining choice of words. He said“Guys, come watch me all week, I’m trying to win this damn thing!”

His comment garnered applause from fans at the court in Wake Forest University. While it may seem difficult, the Florida-born player looks sharp on the court, which could aid him in his quest for a second ATP title.

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Tiafoe to face Mikael Ymer in the quarterfinals later today

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Just three opponents stand between him and a second career ATP title. The first of those is Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, who he faces in the quarterfinals tonight.

Aug 8, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Frances Tiafoe of the United States plays a shot against Emil Ruusuvuori (not pictured) of Finland during second round qualifying for the National Bank Open. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Should Tiafoe win, he will face either 15th seed Carlos Alcaraz Garfia or compatriot Marcos Giron in the semifinals. The American could face tournament favorite Carrena Busta in the final should he make it till there this week.

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Can the 23-year-old seal his first title of the 2021 season, just days before the US Open? Only time will tell.

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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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