American tennis player Frances Tiafoe swings and misses.

U.S. Tennis Phenom’s Swing and Miss Puts Him in Contention for Official Whiff of the Year

U.S. Tennis Phenom’s Swing and Miss Puts Him in Contention for Official Whiff of the Year

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Nov. 3 2015 11:25 PM

U.S. Tennis Phenom’s Swing and Miss Puts Him in Contention for Official Whiff of the Year

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American tennis player Frances Tiafoe has a lot going for him. This year, the 6'2 17-year-old turned pro, played in the French Open for the first time, signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, and saw his ranking climb from quadruple digits to 226 in the world. That's a big year for a teenager, even one that’s been anointed as the next big thing in American tennis. Someday, there’s a good chance Tiafoe will be playing for titles, but during a match with 31-year-old Tunisian Malek Jaziri on Tuesday, the American phenom-in-waiting put himself squarely in the running for another, less desirable award—miss of the year! While Tiafoe faces stiff competition, and is a late November entrant, let this be a reminder to everyone—keep your eye on the ball. Or don’t record yourself playing tennis.