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French Open: Sloane Stephens says racism against athletes has 'only gotten worse'

May 30, 2023

Sloane Stephens is headed to the second round of the French Open after beating No. 16 Karolína Plíšková in an upset victory on Monday (6-0, 6-4). She spoke bluntly in response to a question about racism after the win.

"Yes, it's obviously been a problem my entire career," she said. "It has never stopped. If anything, it's only gotten worse."

A reporter mentioned a software meant to protect athletes from hate speech on social media. Stephens, 30, said she's heard of it and hasn't used it.

From the the 2017 US Open champion and 2018 French Open finalist's perspective, it's to be expected.

"It's something I have had to deal with," she said, "and something I will continue to deal with, I'm sure. That's that."

While she's confident the issue will continue, she expressed concern about how things have changed.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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