‘Exhausted’ Sloane Stephens pulls out of Charleston event
Newly-crowned Miami Open champion Sloane Stephens won’t compete in the Volvo Car Open as she “doesn’t feel prepared”.
The American won the Charleston title back in 2016, but she has decided to pull out of this week’s tournament, citing fatigue on the back of her successful run at Key Biscayne last week.
The US Open champion won her maiden Miami trophy after beating Jelena Ostapenko in the final on Saturday.
“I’m so sorry to announce I won’t be playing in Charleston this week,” she said.
“My run to the title in Miami last weekend has left me completely exhausted/fatigued both physically and mentally. I don’t feel prepared to play my best and therefore it’s in my best interest to get some rest.
“I want to thank Bob Moran and Eleanor Adams for all their support over the years, Charleston is truly one of the best events on the tour and I sincerely look forward to playing again many times in my career. I wish the best of luck to all the girls this week.”
On this day in 2014: Stan Wawrinka ends Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open run
The Swiss won a five-set epic to deny Djokovic a piece of history.
Novak Djokovic hits back at allegations of being ‘selfish, difficult and ungrateful’
Djokovic says he finds it tough to be ‘a mere onlooker’.
Australian Open boss defends ‘better deal’ for the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams
Big-name players self-isolating in Adelaide.
Rotterdam Open boss reveals delight as ‘one of his all-time favourite players’ Rafael Nadal joins field
Rafael Nadal will return to Rotterdam.
Roberto Bautista Agut says quotes comparing quarantine to ‘jail, but with WiFi’ was ‘taken out of context’
Roberto Bautista Agut issues an apology.
More coronavirus cases linked to arrivals for Australian Open
Australian Open boss said the safety of the Victorian community will not be compromised.
Big boost for LTA’s innovation drive as it signs deal with UK distributor of the Slinger Bag
LTA signs deal with Framework Sports & Marketing Ltd.
Australian Open chief defends Novak Djokovic over quarantine note, saying ‘they were suggestions’
Craig Tiley jumps to Novak Djokovic’s defence.
Quarantine remains in place for 72 players ahead of Australian Open
Two Covid-19 cases have been deemed viral shedding.
EXCLUSIVE – British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith recalls sitting next to Judy Murray as her son won Wimbledon
We talk to Leon Smith about his coaching journey.