Frances Tiafoe has decided to withdraw from the upcoming Davis Cup tournament that is set to start on the 13th of September.
Tiafoe was part of the US team for the 2022 Davis Cup alongside Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Jack Sock, and Rajeev Ram. The way he performed in the recently finished US Open made him one of the most in-form players in the US squad. However, The U.S. Tennis Association, in an announcement stated that Tiafoe has pulled out of the tournament following his semi-final exit in the US Open 2022.
Frances Tiafoe entered the Flushing Meadows major as seed 22. On his path to the semi-finals, he beat many big names, including Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman. Yet, his biggest win came in the round of 16 when he defeated 22-time grand slam champion, Rafael Nadal by 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
His dream run ended in the semi-final when he lost against the eventual winner, Carlos Alcaraz, in an epic 5-set match. That 4-hour and 19 minutes match ended with Tiafoe losing the final set 6-3. Despite suffering a heartbreaking exit, the American took only positives from the match.
“Obviously, through my career, I’ve been pretty sporadic (at) playing well, (then) veering off for a while,” Tiafoe said. “I’ve always backed myself against the best players in the world. I’m doing it on a consistent basis, starting to beat guys more readily. Ready to take the next step.”
An in-form player like Tiafoe would have been massively beneficial to the US team that is set to play the group stage matches of the Davis Cup, starting with a match against Britain on Sept 13. This year, Bologna, Valencia, and Hamburg will host the Davis Cup group stage matches from Tuesday through Sept. 18. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga, Spain, on Nov. 22-27