French Open Watch: Annacone’s Cellphone Skills

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PARIS (AP) — Paul Annacone was smart enough to coach Pete Sampras and Roger Federer to Grand Slam titles, but the player he’s currently working with, Sloane Stephens, rolls her eyes when it comes to Annacone’s cellphone skills.

“He doesn’t know what he’s doing,” the 15th-seeded American said after her first-round French Open win Tuesday.

First of all, Stephens explained with perhaps a touch of hyperbole, Annacone set up his new phone with oversized lettering, making one word fill the entire screen.

“It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Stephens said with a smile.

Then she got on a roll.

“He doesn’t know how to put on Wi-Fi or anything, so in Australia he had like a $2,000 phone bill, because he was like on Twitter. He had his data roaming on or whatever instead of being on Wi-Fi,” Stephens said. “I’m like, ‘Dude.’ He’s like sending Twitter pictures off his data. I’m like, ‘That is not ideal.'”

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