NEW YORK – US Open semifinalist Francis Tiafoe has withdrawn from the United States squad for next week’s Davis Cup qualifiers in Glasgow, Scotland.
The US Tennis Association announced Tiafon’s departure on Saturday.
Tiafoe, the 24-year-old Maryland native who was seeded 22nd at Flushing Meadows, became the first American to reach the US Open semifinals since Andy Roddick finished second in 2006.
Roddick was the last man to win any Grand Slam tournament before that, when he won the title in New York three years ago.
Tiafoe’s streak ended with a five-game losing streak to 3rd seed Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old Spaniard. In Sunday’s final, Alcaraz will meet No. 7 Casper Rudd of Norway, the winner of which will collect his first Grand Slam title and become No. 1 in the ATP rankings.
Tifo, who captivated the crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium with his brilliant play and unbridled enthusiasm, defeated Rafael Nadal in the fourth round in New York and ended the 22-time Slam champion’s 22-match unbeaten run at major tournaments to reach his second quarter-final appearance. .
Tiafoe then defeated 9th seed Andrey Rublev to reach the semi-finals.
“Of course, in my career, it was very rare. [at] Play well [then] Stepping back for a moment, Tiafoe said: “I always support myself with the best players in the world.” I’m starting to hit the guys faster and more consistently. I’m ready to take the next step.
USAA said Tiafoe will not be a replacement for the Americans on the Davis Cup roster, which starts against Britain on Wednesday. The other American players are Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram.
US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish will miss trip to Scotland with Covid-19; Bob Bryan will also fill in as acting captain. Bryan was a member of the US team that won the Davis Cup in 2007.
Britain’s team is expected to include three-time major champion Andy Murray and Dan Evans, who is ranked 23rd this week.
The group stage of the Davis Cup will also be held in Bologna, Italy. Valencia, Spain; and Hamburg, Germany from Tuesday to September 18
The top two teams from each group advance to the Davis Cup finals in Malaga, Spain from November 22-27.