"Racist behaviour directed at athletes is getting worse," Sloane Stevens said after her victory over Karolina Pliskova in the first round of the French Open.
"yes, obviously it's been a problem my whole career. It never stopped. If anything, it only got worse. Obviously, when you have FBI investigations of what people tell you online, then the matter becomes very serious," the tennis player concluded.
On the software, which tries to filter out racist content, she added: "I have a lot of banned keywords on Instagram and all that stuff, but that doesn't stop someone from just typing an asterisk or typing it in some other way, which obviously the software doesn't catch on most of the time."
Sloane Stevens. Personal confession, photo: Reuters
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It should be noted that professional athletes in all sports regularly face racist comments and behavior, with Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior recently being the most prominent case, after being subjected to racist chants at Valencia's Mastele Stadium.
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