Frances Tiafoe, a tennis pro who is always talking his heart out. He’s funny and loves to play jokes and pranks. His recent comments about Stefanos Tsitsipas have gotten him in trouble.
The Greek tennis player made a funny comment following his win against Alex de Minaur in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open 2020. The match was a thrilling one and Stefanos Tsitsipas beat the Australian 6-4 6-2.
Tennis TV, an American tennis broadcaster, shared a social media excerpt from the Greek tennis pro’s post match interview a few weeks ago.
“I had the patience and a donkey’s today.” The caption read: “*Adds to the list of iconic Tsitsipas quotations*”
Frances Tiafoe was inspired to say something about this quote by Stefanos Tissipas.
“I have a lot of respect for him. Fantastic player. You gotta cool it with these quotes, my dude (facepalm). “Just saying,” Tiafoe replied.
Frances Tiafoe has now defended his remarks on the World No.5 after receiving some criticism in the past few days. A Greek journalist shared his comments on social media.
“Tiafoe told me that he had no issue with Tsitsipas. “I have a crazy amount of respect, he’s an incredible player. I saw those comments (“patience like a donkey”) and thought they were very funny. It’s me who is bullying him. Where I grew up, kids liked to clown,” the caption read.
Frances Tiafoe, Stefanos Tisitsipas and others are all in Madrid, Spain, for the Madrid Open, 2023. The two players could run into one another again.
Frances Tiafoe is looking for more interaction between fans and players during matches
The American tennis pro is well-known for his antics both on and off court. He is a showmanbut is not allowed show his true colours during a match. Tennis is a tradition sport, and many people want it to remain that way. Many players, coaches, and fans want to see some changes made in order to create a more energetic and exciting environment.
In an interview with the American magazine Forbes, Frances Tiafoe expressed his desire for some laxity in rules. He wants the fans to be able to better interact with him in the stadium.
“I believe fans should have the right to move and come and go during matches. Imagine attending a basketball match and not being able to speak. I’m getting pumped and I want to [get the crowd] pumped. I’m just doing me, just being me. “I’m just going to be me, and do whatever helps me perform at my best,” said he.