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McEnroe sees Sloane Stephens as Future Star


John McEnroe

John McEnroe

Hong Kong:  “US tennis legend John McEnroe on Monday singled out Sloane Stephens as a future women’s star for his country but admitted it is still looking to break its “dry spell” as far as the men’s game goes.

The 54-year-old won his first major in 1979 before he and countryman Jimmy Connors combined for nine Slams in the eighties, with Brian Teach and Michael Chang chipping in with one each.

Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier meanwhile led the US to a decade of dominance in the 1990s with a combined 19 Slams between them, but the retirement last year of 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick has left a vacuum.

“I think hopefully it’s cyclical. We’ve had a pretty dry spell in the men. In the women we’ve had the Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens… she’ll be in the top ten for sure. I think she’s pretty close already,” said McEnroe.

Stephens, currently ranked 17th, rose to prominence after beating her idol Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.”

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Article written by Agence-France Press.