Growing up with Frances Tiafoe was a maddening experience for twin brother Franklin. No matter what he did or how hard he tried, Franklin could not anger Frances, and that pattern has persisted throughout the Maryland natives’ 21 years together.
“For me to get to him, I have to constantly bother him and keep bothering him,” said Franklin Tiafoe, who is younger than Frances. “It will take hours. … He would just ignore you or change the subject. He’s not a confrontational guy. If he really had to be, he could, but it’s not in his nature.”
Frances Tiafoe smiled and shrugged when asked if he gets upset.
“There aren’t too many things that get me extremely mad,” he said Tuesday during a media event in McLean, Va. “I don’t really get too hot.”
Frankly, there’s a lot for Tiafoe, a professional tennis player, to smile about these days. He recently returned from Melbourne after making a run as an unseeded competitor to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, his best showing in a Grand Slam event since turning pro in 2015. He currently ranks No. 30 in the world, the highest ranking of his career.
The 6-foot-2 Tiafoe’s thundering forehand, megawatt smile and utter joy after wins enthralled many tennis fans who flocked to Melbourne Park to watch his matches. His