Frances Tiafoe Meets Stephen Curry At NBA Japan Games | ATP Tour

Tennis isn’t the one wearing appeal round Tokyo this weekend. While the 2022 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships are underway with qualifying motion, the NBA Japan Games also are going down within sight in Japan.

The Golden State Warriors — the protecting NBA champions — and the Washington Wizards are competing in two preseason video games on the Saitama Super Arena, with the primary matchup staged on Friday night time in entrance of over 20,000 fanatics.

Frances Tiafoe, Naomi Osaka and Alex de Minaur have been amongst the ones in attendance, with Tiafoe getting a possibility to fulfill one of the vital avid gamers sooner than the sport.

The American spoke with Stephen Curry and demonstrated the reigning NBA Finals MVP’s trademark ‘Night, Night’ birthday party, which he referred to as “one of the coldest cellys I’ve seen” in a Twitter put up.

“I got to meet Steph Curry last night, which was great,” Tiafoe mentioned. “He’s one of my idols. Him acknowledging what he saw and saying he’s proud of me for the US Open was pretty special. You’re never going to forget things like that.”

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Tiafoe, who helps the Wizards as his native staff, used to be even at the courtroom for warm-ups, shedding assists all over capturing apply.

“It was really cool, especially being from D.C. and the Washington Wizards playing… and them showing love throughout the game” he added. “Just messing around with the guys, throwing some dimes. It’s just fun being around them. I think it’s good for them, too. A little different, a breath of fresh air.”

Tiafoe additionally plans to wait the second one exhibition recreation between the 2 groups on Sunday. The beef up is going each tactics, as Wizards famous person Bradley Beal used to be noticed in his participant field all over his run to the US Open semi-finals.

Tiafoe has additionally been the usage of basketball for cross-training, understanding with the Wizards body of workers for a amusing technique to paintings on his health and lately visiting the staff’s apply facility all over the NBA’s preseason.

At Friday’s recreation, Tiafoe additionally met Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. He used to be even proven at the enviornment’s giant display screen, receiving a rousing reception.

The American has additionally been a unique visitor at a New York Mets recreation and a Maryland soccer recreation since his career-best run to the US Open semi-finals — a consequence he adopted with a title-clinching efficiency for Team World at Laver Cup.

A well-established fan favorite at the ATP Tour, Tiafoe’s reputation is now crossing over into the overall inhabitants.

“Since the Open, I think you could say I feel like a star, period,” he mentioned, taking a look again on what he referred to as “a crazy month and change”.

“It’s definitely different being home, and seeing a bunch of people reacting, and New York, and obviously yesterday,” he added. “But that’s where you want to be. That’s why you work hard and just try to inspire a lot of people. But I’ve still got a lot more to give in this game so I’m going to keep going.”

Tiafoe is seeded fourth within the Tokyo singles draw, and can face Japanese wild card Yasutaka Uchiyama at the opening spherical. The American may even compete with De Minaur within the doubles festival.

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