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WATCH: Yonex bros Frances Tiafoe, Stan Wawrinka reunite at 2023 US Open
The 2016 champion teased the American star about his growing celebrity as he prepares to contest in the second week of his home Slam.
Published Sep 03, 2023
FLASHBACK: Tiafoe and Wawrinka played an intriguing match in Cincinnati last month.
NEW YORK—As Frances Tiafoe’s star continues to rise, the American is still making time for friends at the 2023 US Open.
The tournament’s social media posted a heart-warming video between the 2022 semifinalist and 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka, who relentlessly teased Tiafoe about his celebrity status around the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
“Everyone wants to meet you,” jokes the former world No. 3. “They call you, no?”
The two, who share a racquet sponsor in Yonex, played doubles together at the BNP Paribas Open back in March, but Wawrinka still has the upper hand on Foe in singles, having won their most recent encounter at the Western & Southern Open last month.
Now in New York, Tiafoe is aiming to better his breakthrough finish from last summer, where he upset Rafael Nadal en route to the final four. Off the court, the No. 10 seed spoke about some of the perks of his growing stardom, which includes special hotel rooms and practice courts.
“It makes you feel really accommodated, loved, and ready to go,” he said after reaching the third round.
Undoubtedly no stranger to the red-carpet treatment, Wawrinka enjoyed a sentimental run of his own, reaching the third round before bowing out against No. 6 seed Jannik Sinner in four sets. At 38, it was his best run at the US Open since 2019, when he made the quarterfinals.
“I know the day I stop I will never find those emotion anywhere,” Wawrinka told press earlier this week. “I'm enjoying what I'm doing. I think it's an amazing life, and we are lucky to be tennis player and to travel the world, to play in the biggest tournament.”
Might we see Stan in a suite, cheering Big Foe on in the second week?