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Kid In Crowd Contributes To Tommy Paul’s US Open Success

By Scoop Malinowski

American star Tommy Paul got some additional coaching and motivational assistance the other night from an unlikely, unexpected source – a kid sitting in the front row on court 17.

The ATP world no 14 was down two sets to love to Roman Safiullin in the second round but eventually prevailed 36 26 62 64 63.

Paul appreciated the kid’s contributions to his victory enough to give him one of his maroon New Balance shirts.

“Definitely sat down strategically. He wanted to be in my ear the whole match. It was actually really fun every time I went over there. He was encouraging me, I mean, damn near coaching me (smiling). I had to go over there and give him some love,” Paul revealed to the tennis media at his post-match news conference.

“I told him, like, Dude, you have to come to the next one. Get in contact with me, message me on Instagram or whatever and we’ll get it hooked up. Yeah, it was fun. I had to go over there and dap him up.”

“He was great the whole time. Like, even when I lost the second set, he was there and trying to motivate me more than (his longtime coach) Brad (Stine) was [smiling]. It was awesome. He was like, ‘We’re here all night. We’re here all night. He kept saying, We’re here for five sets.’ It was cool. He wanted to win the match as bad as I did.”

“He really got me through that match.”

The kid’s name is Eddie and he did indeed manage to attend Paul’s third round win last night vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina which Paul won 61 60 36 63. “I’m not playing a match here without him. You’re coming back.” Paul is now in the fourth round and will battle Frances Tiafoe in an Ashe Stadium in an exciting All-American showdown.

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