Originally Posted by tennisbum79
For now, yes, she is lovely and likable.
However, when and if she starts winning titles and beating some favorites on this TF, or not behaving the way others have "prescibed" and exptected her to behave, she will develop her own horde of detractors, or haters.
WE all know the attributes that have been used towards Venus and Serena, people would just transfer those to Stephens, w/o missing a beat.
Well this is the thing, I hope Sloane Stephens mother and her support system are there for this girl. Sloane must remember, she's a young black woman competing and succeeding in a predominately white sport. Zina Garrison, Lori McNeil, and the Williams Sisters all were attacked by the white media and tennis commentators in America.
Zina Garrison also sued the USTA for racism. And recently Taylor Townsend's problems with racism, the USTA and Patrick McEnroe were blasted all over the American media. So, if even a younger girl than Sloane, Taylor Townsend has to deal with racism she better get ready and prepared for it.
So Sloane, better get ready, she's the new girl on the block but if she starts to really make a mark and become a force in the women's tennis don't be surprised when the racism emerges out of the woodwork.