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Sloane Stephens back working with coach Kamau Murray ahead of U.S. Open

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 22 Aug 2019
  • Stephens reunites with Murray
  • The pair won the U.S. Open together in 2017
Sloane Stephens and Kamau Murray after the 2017 US Open (PA Images)

Sloane Stephens has reunited with coach Kamau Murray as the pair look to claim a second U.S. Open title together over the next fortnight.

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Murray oversaw the most successful stage of Stephens’ career when the American returned from injury to win the 2017 U.S. Open while unseeded, while she also hit a career-high ranking of No. 3 and finished runner-up at the French Open under his tutelage in 2018.

After splitting at the end of last season, Stephens worked with Sven Groeneveld, but her results have been sub-par, with the American only reaching one semi-final all season at the Mutua Madrid Open in May. 



Stephens has yet to make a hardcourt quarter-final all year and has won just one match during the U.S. Open Series leading up to the final Grand Slam of the season.

"Happy to be back with Kamau," Stephens wrote on social media. ''Excited for the next couple of weeks [at the] US Open."

Murray spent most of this season coaching Monica Puig - and according to reports, the Puerto Rican was surprised and had no idea he was leaving her to reconnect with Stephens ahead of the U.S. Open. Puig, who was left with barely any time to find a coach, will work with former ATP player Dusan Vemic in New York.



Stephens will be hoping linking back up with Murray will spark a change in form and a return to her best tennis, when in 2017 as the World No. 83, she beat Venus Williams and Madison Keys back-to-back to win the one and only Grand Slam of her career.

Murray also guided Stephens to her maiden Premier Mandatory title at the Miami Open in 2018. Stephens reached the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows last year, going down to Anastasija Sevastova.

The 26-year-old will be seeded No. 11 as the U.S. Open begins next Monday. Click here for the full seedings list.


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