WATCH: Mike Tyson visited the TC Live Desk with daughter Milan during the 2018 US Open.


NEW YORK—Yulia Putintseva delivered her brand of on-court intensity in her first match at the 2022 US Open, knocking out No. 24 seed Amanda Anisimova in straight sets as former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson cheered her on.

“I gave him a ticket and he was there to support me,” Putintseva confirmed after the 6-3, 6-3, victory on Grandstand. “He confused which box he was supposed to be in, but that’s ok! They’re such nice people, his whole family. I’m really glad they found some time and were able to watch my match because I know how busy they are.”

Putintseva got to know the Tyson family through daughter Milan, who is an aspiring tennis player.

“She trains in Florida,” explained the 2020 US Open quarterfinalist, “but we met for the first time after having a cool and fun hit together. I think she has great potential and I really believe that she can do it if she trains professionally. She’s very talented.”

Famed for his aggressive style in the ring, Tyson is likely among the few athletes who can relate to Putintseva’s own pugnaciousness, but the former world No. 27 admits he hasn't given her too many pre-match pointers.

“I never really spoke with him about tennis, more with his daughter. For her, it’s more important than it is for him!”

Though Putintseva’s best result in Flushing Meadows when no fans were on site, the 27-year-old is thrilled to be back in the city that truly never sleeps—even taking in a Broadway show with friend and fellow player Anna Kalinskaya.

“We saw Beetlejuice, which was pretty wild but very cool.”

Before you say her name three times, know that Putintseva’s next bout comes against either former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin or Wimbledon quarterfinalist Jule Niemeier for a spot in the third round.

Expect a knockout, or at least a heroic attempt.