Wednesday, February 10, 2021

"Anchor Baby" of the Day: Frances Tiafoe, Professional Tennis Player


President Trump often attacked anchor babies and the well-settled rule of birthright citizenship.  However, the children of immigrants have amazing stories to tell.

Called the "future face of American tennis," 23 year old Frances Tiafoe is a U.S. professional player.   He is the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone.  Tiafoe's father worked as the head of maintenance at a tennis center.  As Jerry Bembry for the Undefeated summarizes, "Constant Tiafoe and Alphina Kamara were immigrants from Sierra Leone who escaped the nearly decades-long civil war that began in the West African nation in 1991. They escaped Sierra Leone separately but met in suburban Washington, D.C., where Tiafoe worked as a day laborer and Kamara as a nurse. In 1998, in Maryland, Frances and Franklin were born."

ESPN reports on Tafoe's latest tennis match:  "Top-seeded Novak Djokovic fended off a spirited challenge from Frances Tiafoe in the second round of the Australian Open, beating the young 23-year-old American 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2), 6-3 in a 3 1/2-hour match."

Hat tip to Cappy White.


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