Sloane Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, says athletes proceed to cope with racial remarks.
In truth, the 30-year-old who turned professional in 2009, says it is the worst it is ever been.
“Yes, it’s obviously been a problem my entire career. It has never stopped. If anything, it’s only gotten worse,” she stated on Monday.
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An synthetic intelligence software program has been applied for gamers on the French Open with a view to get rid of some feedback, however Stephens says it has not labored as initially deliberate.
Stephens famous that customers can censor their slurs with an asterisk, however the message stays.
“I did hear about the software. I have not used it,” she stated, through USA Today. “I have a lot of obviously key words banned on Instagram and all of these things, but that doesn’t stop someone from just typing in an asterisk or typing it in a different way, which obviously software most of the time doesn’t catch.”
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Stephens didn’t be aware particular situations, however hinted that she’s had “serious” threats in opposition to her.
“I mean, obviously when there is FBI investigations going on with what people are saying to you online, it’s very serious,” she stated.
“Obviously it’s been something that I have dealt with my whole career,” she added. “I think that, like I said, it’s only continued to get worse, and people online have the free rein to say and do whatever they want behind fake pages, which is obviously very troublesome. “It’s one thing I’ve needed to cope with my entire profession and one thing I’ll proceed to cope with, I’m certain. That’s that.”
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Stephens is at present competing in her twelfth French Open and in search of her first title there – she made the ultimate in 2018. She’ll face Varvara Gracheva within the second spherical on Wednesday.