WATCH: Frances Tiafoe Emulates Trademark LeBron James Celebration After Thrilling Victory at US Open 2021

Published 09/04/2021, 4:52 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


American tennis player Frances Tiafoe has been in the headlines lately. Yesterday, he managed to knock out a top-seeded player Andrey Rublev in the third round of the US Open. The match went the distance and the winner had to be decided in a five-set thriller. 

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However, one thing that caught my attention was when Frances Tiafoe did the trademark LeBron James celebration during one of the intriguing moments of the match. In the past too, there have been players who have emulated the basketball legends celebration. 

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

Frances Tiafoe couldn’t contain his excitement 

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Players like Nick Kyrgios did the same during one of his matches at the Wimbledon Championships this year. The celebration goes in the manner as the player lifts one knee at a time and pushes both hands in force towards the ground. After Tiafoe won the match yesterday, he removed his t-shirt and did the celebration. Even his mother enjoyed it from the stands. 

Reflecting on Frances’s season, he began competing in Melbourne and came as far as the second round at the Australian Open. He lost in four sets to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. After that, he competed at the French Open. Unfortunately, he lost in the opening round to fellow American player Steve Johnson. 

Aug 11, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Frances Tiafoe of the United States returns a ball to Denis Shapovalov of Canada (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

During that match, Tiafoe was up two sets to love but ended up losing the next three and crashed out of the second Grand Slam event of the season. At the Wimbledon Championships, he managed to knock of World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the opening round. 

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Currently, he is looking strong at the US Open. After knocking out Andrey Rublev, all eyes will be on him and see how far he goes in the event. We wish him the best of luck for the upcoming matches. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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