LONDON — Frances Tiafoe remembers promising to his parents before he was even a teenager that tennis would change their lives.
As his talent for the sport became obvious at the tennis center in Maryland where his father was a maintenance worker — and lived with his family in an office that served as their apartment — Tiafoe vowed he would use his abilities to better their circumstances.
“I told them when I was about 11, 12 years old, this is what it was going to be,” Tiafoe said Tuesday, sitting in an interview room at the All England Club after a first-round win at Wimbledon. “You guys just have to sit back and wait for it.”
Wait no longer.