Meet Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens was born in Plantation, FL, to athletic parents. Her mother, Sybil Smith, was an All-American swimmer at Boston University; her father, John Stephens, was a NFL running back. Sloane took up tennis at age nine, just to occupy herself while her mother played tennis with friends. She quickly showed an aptitude for the sport and attended the Saviano High Performance Tennis Academy to further develop her skills. After turning pro in 2009, Sloane capped a successful junior tennis career, ultimately winning the junior French, Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles in 2010 A year later (at the age of 18) she became the youngest player in the Top 100. Known for her powerful forehand, athletic court coverage and engaging smile, Sloane has steadily risen in the rankings. She has successful runs in the Grand Slams—reaching the semifinals at Australia (2013), the quarters at Wimbledon (2013) and the fourth round of the French and US Opens and she has won four professional tournaments: Citi Open (2015), ASB Classic (2016), Abierto Telcel Open (2016) and Volvo Car Open (2016). Sloane’s appeal has extended off the court as well, as she was named one of the Top 50 Hottest Female Athletes of 2015.
Sloane took an extended leave from the tour after the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to recover from a foot injury. During her recovery, she succcessfully launched a new broadcasting career with the Tennis Channel, exploring the tennis world with interviews and insights from a tour player’s perspective. Sloane returned to the WTA tour in the summer of 2017 posting her best results in Cincinnati and Toronto. At her 5thtournament, she captured the Championship trophy at the 2017 US Open. Sloane continued her return from injury by capturing her 6th title at the 2018 Miami Open, in her home state of Florida.
Things you don’t know about Sloane
Sure, you know she’s a tennis player, daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend, NBA fan, foodie and dog lover (when she returns home from tournaments her cockapoo Teddy climbs inside her suitcase and stays there until she fully unpacks). You may not know that she watches “Nashville” and “Scandal”, and loves going out for a night of Bingo with friends. You probably know that she’s gregarious, competitive, compassionate, bubbly and funny. But bet you didn’t know she cooks! Sloane started cooking at 18 when her grandmother gave her a birthday gift: all her recipes handwritten. She started making mac and cheese (the family favorite) because she loved it. Now, she makes full meals for her family and friends. “Cooking is so peaceful,” she says. “No TV, no phone, just me and my ingredients.” Her one kitchen disaster? “When I sliced my pinky trying to open a can of cranberries with a hand opener. I have an electric opener now!”
- Height: 5’7
- Weight: 140
- Plays: right handed
- Turned Pro: 2009
- DOB: March 20, 1993
- Training camp: South Florida/Southern California
- Birthplace: Plantation, FL
2018 Miami Open
Grand Slam Champion
2017 US Open
United States Fed Cup Team
2016 U.S. Olympic Team
2016 WTA Titles:
Abierto Mexicano TELCEL
Volvo Cars Open
2015 WTA Title:
2014 Another Top 40 season finished 37
2013 Finished Season WTA #11
2012 First Top 40 season finished 38
2011 First Top 100 season; was youngest player in Top 100
2010 Played first three WTA main draws
2009 Fell in WTA qualifying three times (incl. US Open).
2008 Played first WTA qualifying at Miami and US Open; won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2007 Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Brazil.