Sloane Stephens, the American tennis hopeful who defeated Serena Williams to reach the semifinal of the Australian Open, will be featured in a 60-second TV spot during the NBA All-Star Game festivities, her agent said.
The All-Star Game will be broadcast on TNT on Feb. 17. The spot, which will air Saturday night, will also feature boxer Canelo Alvarez, the NBA’s Kemba Walker and Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.
On the court, Stephens has struggled of late. She lost to Klara Zakopalova 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) in the second round of the Qatar Open in Doha. She had been feeling the effects of an aggravated abdominal injury suffered the week before, during which she also had a stomach virus.
Stephens will next play in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which begin Feb. 25.