World No. 41 Frances Tiafoe revealed he wanted to call it a season after the Paris Masters but his coach talked him into playing this week’s Stockholm Open.
Tiafoe ended runner-up in Vienna two weeks ago but failed to back up his great Vienna result in Paris as he suffered a disappointing first round loss to Marcos Giron at Bercy.
On Monday, Tiafoe beat Elias Ymer 6-4 7-6 (2) in his Stockholm opener.
“It’s been tough. Obviously last week was hard. Coming back from a great week in Vienna… I wanted to call it a season. Coach wanted me to try make more push and end on a better note. I’m trying, battling myself a little bit obviously as you saw today,” Tiafoe said after his first round win in Stockholm.
Tiafoe played lights out in Vienna
En route to making the Vienna final, Tiafoe stunned No. 1 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6 6-3 6-4.
“You’ve got fans going nuts early in the match. I want to play. I want to be out there, I want to give it my all. You’ve got little kids screaming ‘Big Foe’ and that’s what it’s about,” Tiafoe said after beating Tsitsipas.
“It’s almost irrelevant who you’re playing. Obviously I want to beat Stefanos and these guys, it’s always good to have on the resumé. It’s been great.”
Tiafoe thrives in front of a packed crowd.
“I just love playing in a packed house. I feel at home. I feel like that’s what it’s about,” Tiafoe said. “The result is almost irrelevant sometimes. You have kids coming out, parents bring these kids out, pay their hard-earned money to come watch me play. I want people to have fun just like I’m having fun… I feel it’s my duty to ‘A’, bring it, give my all, but also to make sure everyone has fun. That kid at the top of the stadium, I want them going home remembering [they] watched Frances Tiafoe play and [they] had a great time.”