Tennis ace Sloane Stephens doesn’t really rock with Serena Williams


Earlier this year when Serena Williams faced off against Sloane Stephens in the Australian Open, a lot was made about their alleged “friendship” and the mentor role Williams had taken on with Sloane. In a recent interview in ESPN the magazine, Sloane corrects that myth and actually comes for Serena’s neck.

“She’s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia,” Stephens says emphatically. “And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.”

Her mom tries to slow her down, but Sloane is insistent. “Like, seriously! People should know. They think she’s so friendly and she’s so this and she’s so that — no, that’s not reality! You don’t unfollow someone on Twitter, delete them off of BlackBerry Messenger. I mean, what for? Why?

She also believes fans wanted to make the connection between the two of them simply because they’re two black women in tennis. That what they really want is another Serena.

“For the first 16 years of my life, she said one word to me and was never involved in my tennis whatsoever,” says Stephens. “I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal that she’s not involved now. If you mentor someone, that means you speak to them, that means you help them, that means you know about their life, that means you care about them. Are any of those things true at this moment? No, so therefore…”

SI: “They want the next great American player.”

Stephens says: “They want another Serena.”

She also didn’t appreciate what she felt was a subtweet from Serena two days after their quarterfinal match in the Australian Open.


“I was like, ‘You really don’t think I know that that’s about me?’” Stephens tells the magazine.

And lastly, Sloane takes a moment to throw her own shot at Serena saying that the notion that Williams was her favorite tennis player is untrue, She really was a Kim Clijsters fan… Ok girl. My only issue with Sloane is that she was perfectly willing to ride out this narrative as long as it benefited her. If she really wasn’t feeling it from the outset, she should’ve clarified. She didn’t need Serena to build her career but she didn’t turn away the attention either. I understand Serena may not have been the nicest to her if what she’s saying is true but she ran with it so she shares some of the blame.

  • Yikes!

  • Some of the blame? She sounds like a petulant child. Remember when those two African-American track “stars” went out of their way to throw salt at Lolo Jones after the Olympics (I believe it was). I’m not saying she sounds like them… but she sounds about 6 degrees off of where they were at that time, when they gave that over the top interview.

    Sloane, LOOKS like she could be one of the next if not THEE next “IT” thing in women’s tennis. Yet even if her reply was born out of hearing the likes of these utterances about she and Selena’s supposed relationship, one too many times or not… she handled this all wrong. Nothing wrong with wearing your emotions on your sleeve I guess. However at the same time, if you wish to perceived a certain way, you have to move a certain way. Just my thoughts.

  • Mary Mote

    Sour grapes. Boo hoo..Go out and win as many as Serena and then I’ll listen. Not gonna happen.

  • Mecca

    Serena is the GOAT. Show some respect.

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  • Judah7

    Interestingly enough, Sloane exaggerates like a typical teenager…. Serena said only ONE word to her? They played on the same team for God’s sake. There’s film of them sitting talking. WOW. Next, Serena doesn’t owe or converation or friendship. Serena a grown ass woman who has paid her dues on the tour. Sloane beat an injured champion and hasn’t won much since…. go figure. She should have obeyed her mother and shut her immature mouth while she was ahead. Now she has to deal with all of the backlash. Poor kid. NOT!
    Serena isn’t my favorite player but she still deserves respect as a champion.

  • Judah7

    Besides, if Serena would go after her own sister when they play against each other, what makes poor little Sloane think she’s any different? C’MON (fist pump and all)!