Sloane Stephens Shares Hateful, Threatening Messages She Received Online After U.S. Open Loss

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Sloane Stephens of the United States hits to Angelique Kerber of Germany on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Sloane Stephens is exhausted — not from the grind of her third-round defeat at the U.S. Open Saturday, but from the abuse and hateful words she received online after her loss.

“This isn’t talked about enough, but it really freaking sucks,” Stephens wrote Saturday on her Instagram account.

Stephens, the No. 66-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, shared vile messages she received — saying there were more than 2,000 of that ilk following the 28-year-old’s three-set loss to Germany’s Angelique Kerber on Friday.

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There were messages wishing for her to be raped. There were racist terms. There were threats.

“I promise to find you and destroy your leg so hard that you can’t walk anymore,” read one.

“This type of hate is so exhausting and never ending,” said Stephens, an African-American from Florida who won the 2017 U.S. Open.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Mark W. Sanchez

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