ny — simply over an hour after Frances Tiafoe upset 22-time most important champion Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-three, on Monday in entrance of an adoring shut to-performance crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium to advance to his first US Open quarterfinals, his evening time a method or the completely different obtained even elevated.
whereas checking his telephone after getting again to the locker room, he noticed a tweet from LeBron James about what he had simply achieved.
Alongside a video of the match’s closing moments posted by the event’s account, James wrote, “CONGRATS youthful King!!! You earned it!” Tiafoe may not think about it.
“Man, i used to be shedding it inside the locker room,” Tiafoe advised reporters later whereas laughing. “Bro, i used to be going loopy.”
Tiafoe mentioned he hesitated earlier than retweeting it, desirous to a minimal of seem simply like the tweet wasn’t an limitless deal.
“i used to be like, ‘Do I retweet it as quickly as he despatched it?’ i used to be like, ‘you acknowledge what, i will be cool and act like I did not see it after which retweet it three hours later,'” Tiafoe defined.
Tiafoe has channeled James earlier than in simply a few of his postmatch celebrations and he went on to name him, “my man” Monday. He additionally mentioned rich Paul, James’ agent, despatched him a textual content material after the match to congratulate him.
Tiafoe mentioned it was Beal’s first time attending a tennis match however seemingly not his final.
“He wishes to return as quickly as extra,” Tiafoe mentioned. “It was cool. large day for me.”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 5, 2022
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 5, 2022