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Jay-Z looking to sign future American star to sports agency

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Jay-Z may be better known for his music rather than his tennis, but it would appear the rapper is keen to take a more hands-on approach to the sport he enjoys.

The 44-year-old is opening his very own sports agency, and Yahoo are reporting that Francis Tiafoe could be the first to be signed-up. At just 16-years-old, Jay certainly must see a lot in the young American.

Having grown up in Brooklyn, New York shrouded in poverty, the musician - real name: Shawn Carter - has been alerted by Tiafoe's story and could be ready to make the teenager's dream come true despite a difficult start to life.

Journey

Tiafoe's father emigrated from West Africa to work on an elite junior tennis centre in Maryland, and after accepting a job afterwards as a caretaker he was forced to work long hours and sleep at work.

However Tiafoe benefited from the situation by scoring free lessons at the academy by virtue of his dad's job when fees usually cost tens of thousands of dollars.

The youngster could now be on the road to glory as he is already ranked the fifth-best junior in the world, and now Jay-Z's support could send him all the way to the top.

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Promising

The husband of Beyonce is believed to have invited Tiafoe and his family to one of his Baltimore concert's to convince him as to why he should be signed.

Fans of US tennis will certainly hope that this new prospect can be the catalyst that heralds a new era of success on-court after a lean few years of top quality talent from the 50 states. 

The legendary likes of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Andy Roddick have cut a tough path to follow and Grand Slam prospects are few and far between.

Lean spell

John Isner is the highest-ranked US star at 16th, but the 29-year-old has never progressed further than the quarter-finals of a major in his entire career. Aside from Isner, only Steve Johnson (46th) and Donald Young (50th) hold places in the world's top 50. 

The American men are a way-off their female counterparts. Only earlier this month Serena Williams lifted her 18th Grand Slam singles title, she can add a further 13 when taking into account wins in the doubles with sister Venus. 

If Tiafoe can have half the tennis career that Jay-Z had in music, however, there is still hope for an American gentleman's singles winner in the not too distant future.

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