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French Open watch: Annacone's cellphone skills

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm •  Published: May 27, 2014

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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COFFEE BREAK: Staying focused is hard enough, but Jelena Jankovic said Tuesday she had trouble just staying awake before her opening match at the French Open.

Because of the rain, the sixth-seeded Serb had to wait nearly all day to start her match Monday evening. She quickly lost the first set before play was suspended by darkness.

"I had quite a lot of coffees, and my eyes — I needed to be alert and just ready to go, quite active; I could not make that happen," Jankovic said Tuesday after action resumed and she finally beat Sharon Fichman of Canada. "My opponent was way more kind of hyper and playing so well. She was all over the place. I was like in slow motion."

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