Sloane Stephens becomes latest WTA star to lose coach for start of season

Sloane Stephens looks on

Sloane Stephens is currently “on a break” from coach Kamau Murray, it has been reported.

Murray was not with Stephens as she competed at the WTA Finals in Singapore last month.

On that occasion, he cited commitments to an event at his academy in Chicago, while Sylvester Black coached Stephens to the final.

However, the New York Times reports that Murray will also not be with Stephens when she kicks off her new season in Australia.

According to the report, though, Murray says he is still a part of Stephens’ coaching team and remains in constant contact with her.

Stephens won the 2017 US Open, reached the final of the 2018 French Open, and achieved her best ever world ranking of three earlier this year.

Top WTA stars making coaching changes has been a feature of the close-season.

Venus Williams, Simona Halep, and Angelique Kerber have all opted to make coaching changes this winter.

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