Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 5/5/13
    Women’s Tennis player Sloane Stephens is one of the few young, rising African American players on the tour. So naturally, people made an immediate connection between Stephens and the biggest star in Tennis Serena Williams. Many might think that the two enjoy a close relationship and perhaps Serena has become the mentor for the young rising star. So when Stephens beat Serena in the Australian Open earlier this season, many thought it was a match between two friends. But in an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Stephens held nothing back when talking about Williams. Completely blasting her. Per Beyond the Baseline: “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. “And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.” “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?” “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…” Here’s the thing. The media and fans alike enjoy making connections between opposing players, sometimes creating rivalries that may not exist. The interesting thing about the Williams-Sloane dynamic, was the fact that the media immediately wanted to paint the picture of a mentor to mentee relationship and that obviously is not the case. But for Sloane to go after Williams in this manner says two things to me. In my opinion, I believe that she is or was hurt by the fact that Williams didn’t open up to her and provide advice for another black athlete in a sport where they are the extreme minority. Which is understandable, but here’s the other half of it. Serena wasn’t obliged to do so. Similar to the case in Green Bay years ago where Packers and fans alike expected Brett Favre to mentor Aaron Rodgers and Favre made it clear that he didn’t want to and that wasn’t his job. Should Serena have mentored Sloane and been more friendly? That’s up to you to decide. But should Serena have been ripped by Sloane for not doing so? The answer is a resounding no. I think Sloane has an extremely bright future. But ripping and going after the biggest star in Tennis merely makes her sound like a brat in my opinion.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Is Serena Williams the most important modern athlete?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giants owner: Signing Kaepernick would anger fans

Mike Trout to undergo MRI after suffering thumb injury

John Wall: Bench was cause of Wizards’ ‘downfall’

Arum says Pacquiao would fight McGregor if Mayweather won't

Aaron Judge hits first grand slam of his career

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

David Stern: Lakers could have had Chris Paul, GM panicked

Brandon Jacobs vows to 'expose' Jim Harbaugh, get him fired

Mike Zimmer won’t retire even if right eye goes blind

Kevin Love responds to Draymond Green’s ‘annihilation’ trash talk

Spike Lee deletes Instagram post saying Kaepernick signed with Seattle

Errol Spence is the real deal, takes down Kell Brook

Meet your Stanley Cup finalists: Nashville Predators

Getaway Day: There's a murderer's row in the NL West

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Tennis News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Meet your Stanley Cup finalists: Nashville Predators

Getaway Day: There's a murderer's row in the NL West

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker