Sloane Stephens Rips Serena Williams In Latest ESPN The Magazine (They Aren’t Friends!)
by Tom Gainey | May 5th, 2013, 7:00 pm

Sloane Stephens is not just losing on the court, now she’s losing off it. Stephens, who’s been struggling ever since reaching the Australian Open semifinals, is now taking some serious shots at tennis legend Serena Williams for not playing nice.

Courtesy of SI who got their hands on the upcoming ESPN The Magazine story from the May 15 issue:

“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?”

The media had also reported Serena was a mentor to Sloane, but Sloane says otherwise:

“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…”

I offer: “They want the next great American player.”

Stephens says: “They want another Serena.”

The two do not follow each other on twitter and it’s clear now the Fed Cup teammates are not friends.

Since beating a back-hobbled Serena in the Australian Open quarterfinals Sloane has won just two of 10 matches after losing yesterday in Madrid. Now the 20-year-old is suffering some major hits to her off court image by criticizing one of the most popular female athletes on the planet. In my opinion that type of talk is often better kept private.

It will be interesting hear Serena’s response to Sloane’s tirade.

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15 Comments for Sloane Stephens Rips Serena Williams In Latest ESPN The Magazine (They Aren’t Friends!)

TMZ Says:

Perhaps Sloane should focus on playing better tennis then worrying about what Serena is doing. Anyone following Serena knows that she takes losing hard. She probably cut herself off from Sloane so that the next time they played, she’d be so mad that she’d give her a beat down. Look at what she has done to Sharapova since that Wimbledon loss? Sloane better watch out because I have a feeling that’s whats coming for her. Of course, she’d have to make it past the first round of an event for that to happen and she hasn’t been able to do that lately.

Ian Ross Says:

Its about time somebody tells the truth about how really /nasty Serena is and has Always been. I have watched her antics ever since she came on tour and she Always been a nasty and unfriendly competitor. A lot of Americans like to kiss her A**, but Sloane nailed how she really is. Thankyou Sloane for being honest!!

Janice Gutierrez Says:

In my opinion, Sloane Stephens is a SPOILED BRAT! Maybe she hasn’t had it easy in her life losing both of her father’s, however her attitude is horrible! Hopefully her mother will straighten her out, or (maybe she had that attitude herself). In any case, she really is a young 20. She needs to learn what to say and when to say it. Her timely is way off. So what if Serena hasn’t talked to you, it’s not like you guys were great friends or anything. Or for that matter; like her sister. She probably was nice to Sloane and then she took it out of context. She really has a lot to learn and I do hope for her sake, she learns it fast. I think with her kick back attitude, which seems like her “I don’t care attitude if I win or lose.” She’ll never really be a winner or for that matter; no.1 in the world. I think fame happened way too fast for her and she couldn’t handle it. Well, what I say Sloane Stephens is: If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen.” I think women’s tennis future will be Madison Keys.

Humble Rafa Says:

Your Humble Highness duly noted during the Australian Open that The Big Lady doesn’t mentor anyone. Her world is so full – of herself.

Humble Rafa Says:

Ms. Sweetie is no Oudin because her mom is not sleeping with everybody in town. But in terms of tennis, she is close.

Andrea Says:

Sounds like Sloane wanted to set the story straight. I can see Serena blocking her after that loss. Proving a point. Psychological warfare.

Chico Says:

Serena, planet and popular in the same sentence.. Somebody wake this journalist up. Grendel where are you?! She knows how to win, and that makes her famous I guess. But popular? Write me off the bandwagon. Or then it’s just plane scary. If you get popular by going ghetto on weaker people then there is something wrong with this world.

And is the writer implying that if you’re ranking doesn’t bling enough you should try to score points by sucking up to the number 1?!

Colin Says:

“One of the most popular female athletes on the planet”? If she is. it merely shows that there are lots of fans with no moral standards.

After her disgusting outburst at that US Open, she should never have set foot on a tennis court again. Ever. Anywhere.

Yes, she’s exciting to watch, but I would gladly forego that pleasure just as, years ago, I stopped watching McEnroe.

jatin Says:

Serena has no sportsman spirit. She has worst attitude and hugely arrogant.
I hate her tennis ,her attitude and everything . And solane proves that how she really is .

Never seen such a pathetic sportswoman ever.

Lulu Iberica Says:

I’m a fan of Serena’s. She’s just too great not to admire her abilities, but I’m sure she’s a real b**** to anyone who crosses her and Sloane didn’t say anything that surprises me. On the other hand, it doesn’t help Sloane in any way to spout off like this. She needs to focus on her game. I’d love to see her have great success, and if we can get a great female American player with a better attitude than Serena’s, that would be wonderful!

arnolde Says:

Sloane needs to try to get within a million miles of Serena’s achievements, before she starts mouthing off about her.

And she could try being a little more truthful. The same person Sloane says isn’t saying anything to her, is the same person we saw on our tv screens chatting to her during the Fed Cup. Serena even give her the American flag to carry (which Sloane really didn’t deserve after her poor showing)

Cena Says:

I think Sloane needs to talk to Serena and not put her private business in the open. Sure, Serena may not be the easiest to get on with, but she has had a lot of “stuff” to endure in the crazy world of professional tennis. Stuff that most of us cannot even begin to imagine, which is the reason I love her fighting spirit, passion and take-no-prisoner attitude. It’s not been easy, of that I am certain. She is the best ever female tenista and, so I say to Serena, keep on keepin’ on. As for Sloane, watch and observe ’cause you got a long way to go, baby.

MayDay Says:

Sloan, I knew from the beginning that you had a negative attitude. That is why your not a consistent winner. Your competition is in the mirror not on the other side of the window.

nadalista Says:

Compare Sloane’s post match interviews about Serena from past months to her recent comments. She’s gotta be bi-polar, surely?

Independent Says:

Sloane needs to shut up and figure out how to get past the 1st round of a tournament.

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