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Frances Tiafoe wearing the Bradley Beal jersey during the semi-final warm-up

  • American tennis star Frances Tiafoe has qualified for the semi-finals of the 2022 US Open.
  • The Maryland native has found support from Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards – his hometown team.
  • Tiafoe warmed up in Beal’s No.3 jersey ahead of his massive semi-final clash against Carlos Alcaraz.

Frances Tiafoe takes the US Open by storm.

And the American tennis star is channeling one of his favorite athletes to power his incredible run.

A native of Prince Georges County, Maryland, Tiafoe found support from his hometown NBA star. Bradley Beal, a three-time NBA All-Star who has spent his entire career with the Washington Wizards, was on hand at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the 24-year-old’s stunning upsets against Rafael Nadal and Andrey Rublev – and he came back again for Tiafoe. semi-final match Friday night.

Frances Tiafoe hugs Bradley Beal.

Tiafoe hugs NBA superstar Bradley Beal after beating Andrey Rublev in the US Open quarterfinals.

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Ahead of his blockbuster match against 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, Tiafoe sent some love back to DC’s beloved shooter. He was spotted wearing the Beal’s Wizards jersey as he warmed up for Friday night’s game under the brightest lights.

Beal and Tiafoe first met years ago when a Wizards executive invited the young pro to visit the team’s locker room after a game at DC. The 29-year-old basketball star has “always followed his footsteps since then,” he told ATPTour.com.

“That’s kind of how DC is,” Beal said. “DC athletes, we have this special relationship with each other. We always reach out and check in. We support each other. We understand that this is a real sports city and so we try to support each other. whether it’s on or off the pitch or the court or whatever it is we’re doing.”

“It’s kind of crazy to see the success he’s had and to see his journey and being a DC guy, it’s even [made it] much bigger,” he added.

Bradley Beal smiles as he stands with his hands on his hips.

Beal.

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Tiafoe is already the first American to progress this far at the US Open since Andy Roddick reached the final in 2006. And if he survives Friday night’s marquee match against Alcaraz, he will have a chance to become America’s first man. to win his Grand Slam on home soil in nearly two decades – and the first black man to do so since 1968.