Bradley Beal on what stood out for him when watching Frances Tiafoe-Rafael Nadal

NBA superstar Bradley Beal reveals it’s the intensity of the game that stood out for him when watching his first tennis match in live. On Monday, Beal watched the US Open round-of-16 meeting between his friend Frances Tiafoe and Rafael Nadal.

Having Beal in the house seemingly provided a boost of inspiration for Tiafoe, who upset Nadal 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3. Beal, who is considered as one of the best guards in the NBA, said he noticed tennis players definitely need to be well-prepared not only physically, but mentally as well.

“The intensity of it [has stood out]. It is a whole new ball game. The shape that these athletes are in and you have to be in, you have to basically be prepared to play one-on-one for five hours. That’s a mind game in so many ways.

It’s a physical beatdown, but with a mental game [within] the game I would say. It is exemplary. It is definitely a sight to see as a pro. To get it through a different lens has been awesome,” Beal told the ATP Tour website.

Beal keeping in touch with Tiafoe

Several years ago, Washington Wizards general Tommy Sheppard invited Tiafoe into the team’s locker room after one of their games. That was when Tiafoe puts Beal for the first time. Since then, Beal and Tiafoe have been keeping in touch and encouraging each other to go out and win in their respective careers.

“I’ve always kept track with him ever since then and just been happy with his success and he’s continued to come to games and shown his support,” Beal said. “It’s kind of crazy to see the success he’s had and seen his journey and being a guy from DC, that’s even [made it] much bigger”.

Beal was also in the house for Tiafoe’s semifinal match against Carlos Alcaraz, which the American lost in five sets.

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