Re: Sloane Stephens on CNN & Ellen Show today
I understand why Stephens would want to take advantage of the media attention, possibly get significant sponsors, etc. Naturally she is proud of her accomplishments, and she did take advantage of a big opportunity. But usually people who do media actually won the tournament.
If I were one of her advisors, I'd tell her to stay away from that stuff until she actually wins tournaments. Because if your focus is on winning tournaments and grand slams, then there is nothing to celebrate until you actually WIN one.
The media/USTA is so anxious to produce a star, and often highlights athletes before they are sure of the athete's career trajectory. Oudin is the obvious example, but also Alexandra Stevenson, who went to the Wimbledon semis from qualies. If I recall correctly, Stevenson was named to some Barbara Walters list, did tons of media, and look at her career.
Not sure Stephens understands yet that everyone else on the WTA will now be gunning for her. Things won't be easier from here on out, they'll be much, much harder. We'll see what happens.
Last edited by SophiaTennis; Jan 30th, 2013 at 07:35 PM.
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