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Five things to know about Riverdale's tennis phenom, Frances Tiafoe

Five things to know about Riverdale's tennis phenom, Frances Tiafoe

It’s not often that there’s a young American worth following in the men’s singles tournament at Wimbledon. But in Frances Tiafoe, there is hope.

The 20-year-old from Riverdale in Prince George’s County advanced to the third round of the Grand Slam by routing France’s Julien Benneteau, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, on Thursday. The 52nd-ranked Tiafoe, who upset former Wimbledon quarterfinalist and No. 30 Fernando Verdasco in the first round, faces Russia’s Karen Khachanov on Saturday in London.

Here’s five things to know about the Maryland-born wunderkind:

1. He grew up with tennis, only not in the way many precocious athletes do

After Tiafoe’s father, Frances Sr., immigrated...

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