SERV­ING NO­TICE

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Ed­ward Lee

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

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