Frances Tiafoe’s stock has consistently risen over the last three years. True to his self-assigned hashtag, #BigFoeOnTheComeUp—a personal 21st-century slogan for the Instagram age—”Big Foe” is making waves in the tennis world. Tiafoe, who has a contagious enthusiasm, has rapidly become a fan favourite. His hustle and passion have earned him the respect of his peers, while his shot-making and NBA-style victory celebrations have made him a must-see.
He made his pro debut in 2015, finishing the year as world No. 180 and the youngest guy in the ATP Top 200 rankings. In January 2017, he broke into the Top 100 for the first time in his career, rising to No. 79 by the end of the season. The 21-year-old broke into the Top 50 for the first time last July after reaching the third round of Wimbledon, and he concluded the year at No. 39, one spot lower than his personal best. Tiafoe rose to No. 30 at the end of January after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2019 Australian Open, and he peaked at No. 29 two weeks later.
Tiafoe earned his first professional title in February 2018 at Delray Beach, defeating his idol Juan Martin del Potro in three sets in the second round. Tiafoe went on to beat fellow Next Generation talents Hyeon Chung and Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinals and semifinals, before defeating Peter Gojowczyk in the final. Last May, Tiafoe reached the final of a clay-court tournament in Estoril, Portugal, defeating world No. 11 Pablo Carreno Busta way to the championship match, when he was defeated by clay-court specialist Joao Sousa.
Ayan Broomfield, Tiafoe’s girlfriend, is a young and talented tennis player from Ontario, Canada. The 24-year-old is currently ranked World No.680 in the WTA rankings and has two ITF titles to her name. Broomfield made her WTA Tour debut in 2014 with her partner, Maria Patrascu, at the Coupe Banque Nationale. She entered the tournament as a wildcard in the doubles division. Soon after, she reached the world doubles ranking of 467, the highest in her career in the WTA rankings.
Frances Tiafoe is not married but is in a relationship with Ayan Broomfield.
Tiafoe was born in Hyattsville, Maryland, to Sierra Leonean immigrants Frances Sr. and Alphina. His father worked on the construction crew that built the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland, and was later promoted to the position of head of maintenance. Frances and his twin brother Franklin began training there when they were five years old.