Serena's getting awful close with her tennis partner

Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe were seen arriving for the Hopman Cup New Years Eve Ball held at the Crown Towers in Perth, Western Australia. It looks like Frances was Serena's "date" to the event.

Frances is a 20 year old tennis phenom. He lives in Orlando Florida and is rated one of the top 50 male tennis players in the world.

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Serena and Frances have been spending a lot of time lately, and it appears that Serena has taken the handsome young man under her wing.

Yesterday, Serena and Frances were photo'd practicing together - and Serena was looking keenly into the handsome young man's eyes. Some suggested that Serena may have been flirting in the photos.

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Serena is currently married to entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian. The couple have a daughter together, Olympia.