They say you should never ask a question which you don’t already know the answer to. One international journalist found this out the hard way during an exchange with American Sloane Stephens.
The first question about her coaching situation got a tick but then the journo got into shaky ground when they pushed for more specifics.
For background Stephens has recently split with her coach Kamau Murray with his rumoured replacement being Sylvester Black, a long-time adviser of the No.5 seed.
Journalist: “So is Sly Black here with you?”
Stephens: “Did you watch the match?”
Journalist: “Sorry, I was watching another one I had to watch. Sorry.”
Stephens: “Did anyone watch the match?”
This was initially met with silence in the press room before Stephens picked up some nods and then added: “He’s here then because I know somebody knows. Okay. Sly’s here.”
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