Emotional Frances Tiafoe breaks down in tears on the court and APOLOGIZES to US Open crowd after losing to Carlos Alcaraz… as he vows to return to Arthur Ashe to lift the trophy: ‘I’m gonna come back and win this!’
- Frances Tiafoe was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz, agonizingly short of the final
- The American won the hearts of the American public but wanted to apologize
- He said sorry for ‘letting you guys down’ after losing five-set thriller in New York
- The 24-year-old was in tears on the court after the four-and-a-half hour match
A distraught Frances Tiafoe apologized to his home crowd and broke down in tears after losing the US Open semifinal to young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz on Friday night.
The 24-year-old American enjoyed a breakout tournament in New York, and will rise through the rankings after making it all the way to the last four – with a win over Rafael Nadal on route.
He fell agonizingly short of the final, though, losing in a five-set thriller to Alcaraz, and after the match he said sorry to the Arthur Ashe crowd for his defeat.
Frances Tiafoe was in tears on Arthur Ashe after losing his five-set thriller to Carlos Alcaraz
The 19-year-old Spaniard Alcaraz, also very popular, can become world No. 1 on Sunday
‘I gave everything I had,’ he began, addressing the supporters in an interview broadcast by ESPN. ‘Too good from Carlos tonight. I gave it everything I had for the last two weeks. I came here wanting to win the US Open and I feel I let you guys down.
‘This one hurts. It really, really hurts.’
On-court interviewer Patrick McEnroe was then quick to insist that Tiafoe hadn’t let anybody down, before Tiafoe continued with his praise of Alcaraz: ‘You’re going to win a lot of Grand Slams, you’re a hell of a player.’
After their four-and-a-half hour classic on Friday, the pair embraced on the court in New York
The crowd loved Tiafoe throughout the match, but he still apologized for losing the match
Former First Lady Michelle Obama (centre) was among the lucky attendees at the tournament
He then added: ‘I’m happy I got to share the court and such a big stage with you. I’m going to come back and I will win this thing one day. I’m sorry guys.’
Tiafoe started brilliantly in the semifinal clash on Arthur Ashe, winning a first-set tiebreak to take the lead and give the crowd hope in Queens.
From there, Alcaraz was too good, winning the second and third sets, before Tiafoe rallied and won the fourth, again by tiebreak.
In the fifth, the Spaniard secured an early break and managed to see out the match, which lasted close to four-and-a-half hours.