Socrates Mbamalu

About the Author Socrates Mbamalu

Socrates Mbamalu was born in Nigeria and grew up in Kenya. His works have appeared in Waza Africa, Saraba Magazine, Deyu African, Kalahari Review, African Writer, Sankofa Mag, Jalada and adda. He is a 2016 Saraba Nonfiction Manuscript prize awardee. His Saraba nonfiction manuscript The Kenyan Boy is due for publication as an Ebook next year. He can be found on Twitter as @linsoc .

Frances Tiafoe, at just 21, has become the latest sensation on the tennis court. He however lost to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open yesterday. Photo: Facebook/Frances Tiafoe
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Meet 21 year-old rising US. tennis star with Sierra Leonean roots: Frances Tiafoe

Frances Tiafoe is just 21, and the rising American tennis star whose parents are from Sierra Leone is motivated to get more black people playing tennis. The fourth youngest player ranked in ATP’s top 50, Tiafoe is an inspiration to other younger people. Although he lost to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, at this year’s Australian Open, Tiafoe’s star is just beginning to shine brightly. #BigFoeOnTheComeUp