Our cover star, the new world No.10 FRANCES TIAFOE, is shot in Athens by photographer Bruno Staub (Vogue Italia, Double, Fantastic Man). In the debut issue of BAGEL, we tell Tiafoe’s American Dream story, from his parents’ move to the USA from war-torn Sierra Leone in the 1990s to winning a scholarship at the tennis academy where his father was the maintenance man to entering the world’s top 10. “Big Foe” recognises the need for tennis to bring in new, younger, more diverse supporters. He also talks about his love of AfroBeats, basketball and stand-up comedy, and what it’s like to count Michelle Obama and LeBron James as fans.
“MASTER THE MENTAL,
GET TO THE TOP”
An interview with World No.1 IGA SWIATEK’s sports psychologist, DARIA ABRAMOWICZ.
An interview with former World No.1 DANIIL MEDVEDEV’s fitness coach, ERIC HERNANDEZ.
“SHOOT YOUR SHOT”
An interview with tour photographer JULIAN FINNEY.
A photostory by JESSICA EMOVON capturing the growing urban and parks tennis scene — a contrast to the country clubs and all-white clothing many associate with the game
A fashion editorial from photographer Buzz White and stylist Joseph Kocharian.