Sonder Spotlight with Frances Tiafoe

Bite-sized travel chats with a few of our favorites.

Explore everything from their travel tips and recommendations to learnings and inspirations.

Up first, American Professional Tennis Player Frances Tiafoe joins us at Sonder Atala in Paris, following his performance at the French Open: Roland Garros.

Number 1 travel tip?

Frances Tiafoe: My number one travel tip is to always travel with an HDMI to iPhone adapter. This has changed my life, I can watch shows, youtube videos, play music, all from my phone through the hotel TV.

Item you always pack?

Frances Tiafoe: Headphones! I can’t go anywhere without listening to some music.

Must-visit place in Paris?

Frances Tiafoe: For me when I come here I am usually only at the Roland-Garros site, but when I can I always like to try a new restaurant. So must-visit for me in Paris is a different restaurant each time.

Something you learned while traveling?

Frances Tiafoe: Something I learned when traveling is you can never download enough shows or movies. You never know when you’re going to have a delay or changes to your travel so always have something ready to watch.

About Frances:

Frances Tiafoe nicknamed, Big Foe, is an American tennis player born in Hyattsville, Maryland and is the son of Sierra Leonean immigrants. He was raised at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in Maryland where his father worked as the head of maintenance. He earned his first ATP Tour title by winning the Delray Beach Open becoming the youngest American since Andy Roddick to win an ATP Tour event. More recently at the 2022 US Open, Frances defied odds by beating then world No. 2 Rafael Nadal en route to Nadal’s first loss in a Grand Slam to an American in 17 years. Frances is now ranked #11 in the world. He has embraced his position both as one of the few African American players on tour and as a role model to the next generation of young tennis players.

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