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  1. JLindyNYC
    JLindyNYC April 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm |

    The lion already had a heart. He found COURAGE. Did misquote Venus? Or was that her mistake? PS Annacone will be ending his coaching relationship with Sloane very, very soon. That will be her Wake-up Call.

    1. drevulphd
      drevulphd April 10, 2014 at 1:30 am |

      No i t won’t!

  2. 0Emmanuel
    0Emmanuel April 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm |

    But don’t you think this might be part of the problem? Every Stephens loss sparks articles that expound in great detail on the myriad ways in which she is a terrible tennis player, and, quite often, even a terrible person, too. To say nothing of the “fan” reactions in various places on the internet.
    To me, she doesn’t necessarily look disinterested on court. Or arrogant. Or lazy. She looks scared to death. She looks like someone who has this persistent voice in her ear, saying “Lose this and they’ll mock you. Lose this and they’ll hate you. Lose this and all of America will be disappointed in you. Again.”
    And I think that is what she’s trying to tell herself with the statements you quoted. Don’t worry. Just relax. Don’t look at the rankings. Don’t listen to public opinion. It will get better. Everything will be fine, eventually.
    Who knows, if she keeps repeating it often enough, maybe one day she’ll be able to convince herself…

    1. Karen
      Karen April 5, 2014 at 7:50 am |

      Emmanuel, if only that were the case with Sloane. Long before she hit the big leagues, Sloane has always had this “don’t care attitude” on court. She looks vacant. She throws her hands up in the air and she seems to stop caring. The first time I saw her with that attitude was when she played Sharapova in Miami. I also understand from people who follow junior tennis that this is the same attitude she carried in junior tennis as well.

      While I hate to compare players, you need only look at her younger compatriots. They do not have half the talent that Sloane has but they fight for every single point. Their attitude on court shows that they care. Look at young Bencic in yesterday’s match against a top player like Errani. She went after every shot, and whether she made it or not she never stopped trying.

      I don’t care if Sloane keeps losing. I really don’t. I just want her to show me and everyone else who is rooting for her to succeed that she cares about winning in the same way that she seems to not care about losing.

  3. Sho-time
    Sho-time April 4, 2014 at 10:41 am |

    It’s tough because the anti-Sloane camp is so loud and boisterous, part of me thinks her downplaying her poor patches is a defense mechanism of sorts. Most of that negativity against Sloane stems from a place of vulnerability, so now she feels like she needs to act like nothing bothers her.

    Interestingly, her interviews on ESPN are always very smiley and happy and energetic. To be fair, ESPN revs up the hype machine like no other, but she did talk about feeling pressure at the beginning of the year when she spoke about the Annacone pairing.

    Idk, it’s a confusing frame of mind, balancing wanting to win with perspective with not wanting to lose. My two cents for Sloane (on the chance that she sees this…) is that the only thing that matters in the game of tennis is the next point. The rest, i.e. games, sets, matches, and Grand Slams, will follow.

  4. igeeoff
    igeeoff April 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm |

    I believe Sloane will eventually come around and right this ship!! Mad cute!

  5. Cappy
    Cappy April 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm |

    I am one of the fans who really loves tennis, loves to see these greatly talented young people do whatever it takes to challenge themselves and become great at this wonderful sport but when it comes to Ms. Stephens she seems much more interested in how her outfits appear on camera than how she plays! The girl has talent but her attitude quite simply, sucks! Sorry but her actions are that of a spoiled brat, dragging around the court with this ridiculous look of total indifference on her face. When I first observed this behavior I was dumbfounded because she CAN play so what is going on? People say she is feeling pressure but she came up through the ranks as a Junior so it isn’t like she hasn’t ever faced it before but watching her struggle to do well isn’t the issue it’s more like ok she’s made some money, maybe quite a bit of it and feels that what she’s doing is good enough. If that is what is happening I hope every player plays her 00 at every match. There are just too many young kids out there who want the chances she seems to just blow off…time to fish or just cut bait Sloane!

  6. Charles460
    Charles460 April 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm |

    Always a big fan, but this was so well written.

  7. drevulphd
    drevulphd April 10, 2014 at 1:28 am |

    Why don’t you stop focusing on losers like Sloane and focus on winners and people who want to play to win! This girl does not deserve to get on the court with most of the girls who are 800 and want to be number 1.
    She has no heart! She is playing to make some money to get to the next stop and keep p[laying so she doesnt have to get a job. I hope she looses every match she plays and gets thrown off the tour. Let her play the little local tours with people who dream about playing the US Open or Wimbledon.

  8. JonJoe1959
    JonJoe1959 April 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm |

    Sloane Stephens have put a “Curse” on herself. Plain & Simple.
    Sloane Stephens will never rise until she “Publicly Amends” for the shameful remarks made about Serena and Venus Williams. Out of all of the pro-women tennis players, she saw fit to insult only the Williams Sisters to try and gain Favor from the Press. Until she truthfully recognize the error in her mind, heart and soul, she’ll never rise. The sad part unfortunately, is that she and her camp don’t truely understand that Sloane Stephens is not a “White-Tennis Player”The people who defends Sloane Stephens Disrespectful Comments about the Williams Sisters do so by saying how Honest Sloane Stephens was. Well, they’re right, she was Honest.   “Honestly  Ignorant”.
    Sloane Stephens has a “Serious Mental Health Condition” that has nothing to do with Tennis. I really worry about her.

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