Sloane Stephens is an American professional tennis player. Her career high WTA singles ranking is 11 in the world. Sloane is currently the youngest woman inside the WTA top 30.
Sloane was born in Plantation, Florida on March 20, 1993. She comes from an extremely athletic family as her mom Sybil, in 1988 as a swimmer at Boston University, became the first African-American female to be named First Team All-American in Division I history and her dad, John Stephens, played in the NFL. Sloane’s younger brother, Shawn, plays baseball and football at Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles. Sloane picked up a racket for the first time at age 9. Her family then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she began her pursuit of her goal to become a professional tennis player. Sloane currently splits time between her home in Florida and Los Angeles where she trains out of the USTA training center in Carson, CA with her coach David Nainkin.
Sloane honed her technical skills at Saviano High Performance Tennis Academy in Ft. Lauderdale. Sloane Stephens turned professional in October 2009 at the age of 16. In 2010, Sloane won three of the four Junior Grand Slam Doubles titles: the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Sloane finished the year as a member of the 1st ranked junior doubles team in the world. She reached the singles quarterfinals at the French Open, Wimbledon, and the semi-finals at the US Open. Sloane finished the year as the 5th ranked junior in the world.
Due to WTA age eligibility rules, 2011 was the first time Sloane was eligible to play a full WTA tournament schedule. She also captured her first professional title at the $50,000 Camparini Gioielli Cup. Sloane then went on to reach the first WTA tour level quarterfinal of career in Carlsbad. Sloane kept her momentum going into the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. It was there that she won her first two main draw Grand Slam matches, before falling in the third round to former number one Ana Ivanovic in the third round. Sloane’s breakthrough year on the WTA tour in 2011 catapulted her ranking to number 89 in the world, becoming the youngest player to be ranked inside the WTA Top 100.
Sloane had her best year yet in 2012. Sloane was the youngest player remaining in all four Grand Slams and the last American remaining in the 2012 French Open with a 4th round appearance, outlasting the likes of Serena Williams, Venus Williams, John Isner, and Andy Roddick. Sloane had another strong hard court season as she reached her first career WTA semifinal at the Citi Open in Washington DC and repeated her 2011 result at the 2012 US Open by reaching the 3rd round again. Sloane finished 2012 ranked number 38 in the world on the WTA tour.
Sloane had another breakthrough year in 2013 by showing her strongest Grand Slam performances yet. She kicked off at Australian Open, outlasting Serena Williams to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal. She went on to improve her previous Grand Slam results by reaching the fourth round of Roland Garros, quarterfinals of Wimbledon and fourth round of the US Open. Other notable performances include a semifinal appearance at the Hobart International in Hobart, Australia and five quarterfinal appearances throughout 2013. With her strong play, Sloane debuted in the Top 20 following Australian Open and later reached a career high ranking of number 11 and ended the 2013 WTA season ranked number 12.
Sloane’s inspirations in tennis are Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters. Her goal in tennis is to become the best person and player that she can be. Off court, Sloane has been featured in Vogue, Teen Vogue, ESPN The Magazine, USA Today, and Sports Illustrated. She also enjoys posting inspirational tweets to her friends and followers via @sloanetweets and currently has over 14,000 followers. Sloane roots for the Los Angeles Dodgers, UCLA Bruins, and the Charlotte Bobcats. She is sponsored by Under Armour, Head, American Express, Johnson & Johnson, and Usana. Sloane is managed by Lagardère Unlimited.