Pop music has Taylor Swift as its star, and women's college basketball has Caitlin Clark as one of its stars. The 22-year-old Iowa native and guard for the University of Iowa basketball team has been attracting huge audiences to her games.
Recently, Iowa traveled to Hyattsville, Maryland, on the outskirts of Washington, DC, to play the University of Maryland Terrapins. Fans came from far and wide to see Clark, and tickets to the game were reportedly going for prices of $250 and more.
Frances Tiafoe is a Hyattsville, Maryland native who was at the game. Tiafoe is like the rest of us sports fans who are in awe of Clark's talent and her ability (along with other female NCAA stars) to put women's college basketball on the map.
Frances Tiafoe's meeting with Caitlin Clark
It is not surprising that the normally jovial Tiafoe was laughing with Clark. Clark emulated her tennis moves and told Tiafoe that she used to play tennis. When he asked her about playing, she said that she got kicked out of tennis class which effectively ended her career. Tiafoe raved about her after their meeting and wished her the best in her career.
Tiafoe also spent time with his hometown Maryland team. He loves basketball, both NCAA and NBA, and the Washington Wizards know it. They are honoring him with a special bobblehead giveaway on February 10. The bobblehead features him in a Wizards uniform holding a tennis racket. In addition to his name, the bobblehead also says, "Welcome to Maryland."
Tiafoe is no longer at home in Maryland. He is playing at the ATP 500 Dallas Open this week. As the top seed in the event, he had a first-round bye. Tiafoe is slated to play in the Round of 16 against American teenager Alex Michelsen.