US Open Always teeming with stories and journeys of local talent and local champions, the 2022 US Open was no exception. This year, two of these players have captured the attention of the tennis world, gone deep and brought great joy to American tennis fans.
Jessica Pegola Reached the women’s singles quarter-finals, while Francis Tiafoe surprised Rafael Nadal On her way to the semi-finals of the men’s singles event. The tournament was an important step in the careers of both players. But the two’s best performances in their respective Grand Slam careers on home soil have earned them more fans, but they aren’t the only similarities between the dynamic duo. The story of Jessica Pegula – daughter of the billionaire couple, owners of Buffalo Bills & Buffalo Sabers
talk about it The same in the past, asserting that she always aims to stay down to earth, despite the fame and attention that automatically follows her due to her family background.
She also reflected this aspect of her life during her 2022 US Open campaign. Pegula said that many people from the Buffalo neighborhood she lives in follow her in various tennis tournaments in the US, mainly because of their passion for the Bills and Sabers. She is proud of the fact that she has attracted so many new fans of tennis.
“There’s a lot of people from Buffalo scattered kind of all over the place, you always find someone who’s a fan of the Bills and Sibers. And for me I think I’ve embraced it a lot and I find it interesting and wonderful that these people are these people,” Pegula said during a press conference at the US Open.
“I think it’s so great in this way that I can embrace and show tennis maybe a little bit more to Buffalo and give them something to root for because they definitely love supporting their sports team. It was such a fun experience.”
The No. 1 American was also joined by some members of her family who were in the stands during her US Open campaign. While her brother and sister were there, Pegula said her father prefers to watch her matches from home due to the stress that accompanies her while on the field.
Francis Tiafoe brings fans to their feet at the 2022 US Open
a story He was an inspiration to many and the young man’s US Open trip to the US was the culmination of the hard work he and his family had done over the years.
Tiafoe is the son of Francis Tiafoe Sr. and Alvina Camara, who immigrated to the United States from Sierra Leone. Francis Tiafoe’s father came to the United States in 1993 and his mother in 1996 to escape the civil war in Sierra Leone. Tiafoe Sr. A maintenance worker and was part of the construction crew at a tennis center in Maryland, where Frances started playing tennis at the age of four.
Tiafoe revealed that his family came from a modest financial background and that his mother was a nurse who worked two shifts and overtime most nights. He said tennis was a way for him and his twin brother Franklin to “get out of the neighborhood.” Tiafoe pondered the challenges of his past and took pride in his ability to go a long way from there, during a recent press conference at the US Open.
“Yeah, I mean, being around tennis kind of made us go out of our way,” Frances Tiafoe said. My dad kind of able to watch us. It wasn’t supposed to be anything like this. Once we got into the tennis game it was like my dad was like, it would be cool if you guys could use this as a full scholarship for school. I mean, we can’t afford college. So they used tennis.”
Tiafoe further revealed that watching the likes of
Serena And the Venus Williams Making it big in tennis, who also came from difficult backgrounds, motivated him to become a tennis player.
“At the time I was watching Serena and Venus playing Grand Slam finals back then, when I was very young. I was like, ‘How cool would it be to play Wimbledon, to play Arthur Ashe and things like that,'” he said.
At the US Open, Tiafoe had his best performance ever in a Grand Slam, reaching the semi-finals of the Major for the first time.
Tiafoe and Pegula have both been very popular for a few years now. They continue to draw crowds in droves for their matches during their US Open 2022 campaigns. The pair will hope for deeper rounds and more success in the upcoming tournaments.