Dramatic start for RG's new arena
Listening to Sloane Stephens wax lyrical about her close encounter with the Mona Lisa last week and her love of wandering down the Champs-Élysées with ice cream in hand, you could easily fancy that you’re talking to some wide-eyed tourist, not a Grand Slam tennis champ ready to knuckle down to serious business at Roland-Garros.
Yet that’s the entertaining Ms. Sloane for you. Like that lady with the mystic smile she so admired in the Louvre last week, the US Open champion doesn’t sound if she cares too much if she’s seen as some great enigma, a charismatic player of sporadic excellence and contrasting moods.
Actually, more than that, Stephens seems just as happy if nobody’s talking about her at all - and while she has a run at another major title, she reckons she’s perfectly content to float beneath the radar, savouring every minute of her latest stay in the city that she loves.