The official ATP website of the Association of Tennis Professionals is ranked 73rd in the world on the 26th.The voice column of Frances Tiafoe (USA) is posted. He revealed his thoughts on his roots and his desire to understand black culture.
The 23-year-old Tiafor won the tour for the first time at the 2018 Delray Beach Open (Delray Beach, USA, Hard, ATP250). In 2019, he recorded the highest personal ranking of 29th in the world.
At the beginning of the column, he talked about the future of the black community.
“NFL (American football) and NBA (basketball) players went to low-income schools and told their children,’We care about our children. We used to live like them. And that you are not alone, there is light at the end of the tunnel. ”The purpose is to cheer up the children and tell them that there is life outside the circle in which they live. Will Smith said, “It’s not where you are, it’s where you’re going.” I remember that, but it makes a lot of sense. Empower each black individual. “
“I don’t want everyone to be like Serena Williams. I want you to find that lane no matter where you are. But how do you make that lane? That’s the main question. How more Do you think you can be the one you want to be? Is it a huge investment in schools, a $ 50 million community project to secure transportation and food, or a university? I don’t know if it’s about getting a scholarship. It makes a lot of sense for children to go to college, and that experience can change their overall perspective. I can’t say, but we need to implement these ideas to make a real difference. “
“But before that, more people need to understand the culture and know what black people’s daily lives are like. This is difficult by changing existing thinking, but our platform It should lead to the importance of raising awareness by using. The more you achieve on the tennis court, the more you want to achieve on the outside of the tennis court. “
Finally, Tiafor talked about his goals.
“Given my career goals, winning a Grand Slam is at its peak. I’ve always dreamed of bringing that trophy back to Africa. My parents have moved from Sierra Leone and we’re great. I’ve had a lot of trouble trying to spend my childhood. It would be great if those parents could see my work and bring the trophy back to their hometown. I want to make you think, “There is also.”
“The hardships they face are real and symbolize a lot. It’s much bigger than I am. I want to contribute to the Washington, DC community. But I think it makes a lot of sense for them to contribute to their parents’ hometown of Africa. It seems that the legacy I have depends entirely on what I do for them. I feel. That’s my ultimate goal. “
Tiafor will face S. Johnson (USA), who is ranked 86th in the world, in the first round of the French Open (France / Paris, Red Clay, Grand Slam) which will start on the 30th.
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