After missing almost two months due to an elbow injury, Frances Tiafoe intends to return to the tour at Indian Wells. He, like many other players, is practising with World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev on the UCLA tennis courts.
Frances Tiafoe, an American tennis player, revealed in February that he will be taking a break to recover from a recurring elbow ailment, with no clear date of return in sight. Tiafoe, a former Australian Open quarterfinalist, had a breakout 2021 season, winning four Top 10 matches and reaching his first ATP 500 final in Vienna, including huge shocks over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev at Wimbledon and the US Open, respectively.
Despite reaching as high as No. 29 in 2019, the 24-year-year-end old’s rating of No. 38 marked only the second time in his career that he closed a season inside the Top 40. He opened 2022 with back-to-back losses to Thanasi Kokkinakis and Tommy Paul before losing to countryman Taylor Fritz in the second round of the Australian Open.
He then announced that he will be taking a detour to give his elbow some rest. He wasn’t expected to compete at the Indian Wells but has made a rather quick recovery and will be playing.
Frances Tiafoe eyeing return at Indian Wells
The Indian Wells Masters, where reigning world number one Daniil Medvedev will compete for the first time as the world’s top-ranked player, will take place next week, with the Russian preparing for the event. He, like many other players, is practising on the UCLA tennis courts, as evidenced by a recent video of the Russian in action.
American Frances Tiafoe, who is returning to tennis after an injury, was his practise partner for the session. This will be Medvedev’s first time to enter a tournament as a “neutral player” after scrapping the Russian flag from his Instagram account amidst the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.