Sloane Stephens, an American professional tennis player, is a tennis phenomenon. At only 25 she has accomplished many athletic feats that people could only dream of ranging from beating Serena Williams in a match to winning the US Open. Sloane is out taking names and coming up with new items on her bucket list.
Who is Sloane Stephens?
Sloane Stephens was born on March 20th, 1993 in Plantation, Florida to two accomplished athletes, Sybil Smith and John Stephens. Sybil Smith was the first person to ever to be named a first-team All-American Division I swimmer and still is considered the greatest swimmer in Boston University history. John Stephens was a pro football player for the New England Patriots as a running back and was one of the greatest players, Hall of Famer, Raymond Berry had ever seen. However, Sloane’s relationship with her father has been one with a complicated past. John split up with Sybil when Sloane was still a baby and left their life, after multiple arrests in 1994. Later in Sloane’s life, John did come back into her life and became close even though it was for a limited amount of time since he died in 2009 from a car crash.
Sloane Stephens moved to her mother’s hometown of Fresco, California when she was 2. Sybil did remarry to Sheldon Farrell in 1997, and they ended up raising Sloane together in Fresco. At 9, Stephens when to the Sierra Sport and Racquet Club a tennis club across the street from her house to play with her parents who regularly went. Sloane was quickly noticed for her talent by the head of the club and former professional player, Francisco González. After training there, Sloane went to Boca Raton, Florida in pursuit to obtain greater heights and train at Evert Tennis Academy run by the international Hall of Famer Christine Evert. In 2007, Sloane’s stepfather passed away from cancer-causing her to spend time between her family in Fresco and Boca Raton.
Stephens career started with low-level events in the ITC Junior Circuit when she was 13. Her first breakthrough came when she was 15 at the US Open when she reached the doubles finals at the Grand Slam. Sloane as competed in the highly competitive Orange Bowl ending the year on a high note. Stephen’s first tournament title’s she won came in 2009 after winning the USTA International Spring Championships and Italian Open. In 2010, Sloane and Timea Babos entered for doubles at three major titles and won all three which was first and last done in 1995. Stephen’s also made it to the semifinals that the Grand Slam US Open that same year.
A year later Sloane Stephens won her first singles title at the Camprini Gioielli Cup leading her to play in the French Open, Southern California Open, and US Open. In the US Open, she went on to beat Reka Luca Jani and Shahar Pe’er to break into Top 100 best tennis players in the world at the youngest age of 18. However, difficulties did arise when she tore an abdominal muscle while at the French Open in 2012, a wrist injury in 2013 and a foot injury in 2016. In 2013 at the Brisbane International she faced Serena Williams, although Sloane lost Serena praised her for having a great future in the sport and at a rematch in the Australian Open Sloane beat Serena at an 11 to 1 odds. Having beat Serena Williams, Sloane has an auspicious future but has struggled with her injuries. Nevertheless, she overcame her injuries winning the US Open in 2017.
Sloane Stephens has shown promise at a very young age and worked hard to achieve her accomplishments. With a world of possibilities, nothing seems to stop Stephens while she continues to dominate the tennis scene.