Move over Roger Federer, Frances Tiafoe is making a bid for the GQ fashion throne. The 21-year-old American took over the set for a photoshoot, with some impressive results and an even more impressive headline: "Big Foe on the Come-up", which is his go-to slogan.
The magazine goes into his backstory, which many tennis fans will be familiar with, and how he wants to be a role model to children—though arguably he's still got a lot of growing up to do.
The American began playing tennis in College Park, MD at the Junior Tennis Champions Center where his dad helped manage the facility.
"For a long time, I wasn't in the program, because they didn't know what it was going to be, right?” Tiafoe tells GQ's Zach Baron. "They were just, 'OK, this kid just comes down after school and hits against the wall.'"
Tiafoe has long since established himself on the pro tour, winning his first ATP title last year in Delray Beach and currently sitting at No. 35 in the world. He'll be seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time in Paris.
It's no secret Tiafoe has a lot of personality, often showing a lot more than the players around him. It makes him stand out, and he's not afraid of expressing his emotions, like he did on his way to the Australian Open quarterfinals.
See even more of his personality in Tennis Channel's Confessional Cart:
He revealed that a YouTube video of a motivational speaker named Eric Thomas helped inspire him in Melbourne.
"Instead of just doing the classic boring waves to the crowd and saying, 'Thank you,' it's kind of like: Why not do these NBA celebrations?" Tiafoe said. "Why not do something different? I think tennis needs more personality in it, and a younger crowd to follow the game and to make tennis cool again, in my opinion."
Tiafoe will be making tennis cool again at Roland Garros, which starts on Sunday.