Frances Tiafoe at US Open after beating Rafael Nadal

Frances Tiafoe ‘feeling clutch’ right now as hot form continues

Frances Tiafoe believes he has the ‘clutch gene’ at the moment after continuing his fine form at the Laver Cup.

Tiafoe was a pivotal man for Team World at the Laver Cup as they finally claimed their first win in the event.

The American also reached the semi-finals of the US Open this month before being stopped by an inspired Carlos Alcaraz.

It is all pointing towards a player on the up and on the brink of a major breakthrough, and he says he is enjoying his tennis more than ever right now.

“[It] looks like I’ve got that clutch gene right now,” Frances Tiafoe said.

“I’m playing the last couple of tournaments in packed stadiums, and just competing really hard and just enjoying it, getting the crowd on my side and just having fun with it. I feel like a kid out here, just competing and playing the game I love.

“When I’m playing my best tennis, my team always used to tell me: try to have as much fun as I can. When it becomes a circus out here, and I’m just using the crowd, and acting like a little kid and having a bunch of reactions to average points, I end up paying really well, and I start building momentum off of it.

“So I’m able to play and function in that better than my opponents, it seems. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.