US Open, Madison Keys, Jozy Altidore: Everything you ever wanted to know about Sloane Stephens (but never had time to find out)

Sloane Stephens is an American tennis player and a former US Open champion. Here are the answers to 13 questions you might have about the American

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Who is Sloane Stephens?

Sloane Stephens is an American tennis player. She won her first and to date only Grand Slam singles title at the 2017 US Open, beating her best friend on Tour, Madison Keys, in the final.

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How old is Sloane Stephens?

Sloane Stephens was born on March 20, 1993. She turns 30 later this month.

When did Stephens start playing tennis?

Stephens started playing tennis at the age of 9 when she was introduced to the sport by her mother, Sybil Smith, an All-American swimmer at Boston University.

Her father, John Stephens, was a running back in the National Football League and passed away in a car crash in 2009.

Was Sloane Stephens a good junior?

Sloane Stephens peaked at No 5 in the ITF world junior rankings in August 2009. She won three successive junior doubles Grand Slams (Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and US Open) partnering Hungary’s Timea Babos in 2010.

Who is Sloane Stephens’ coach?

Stephens is coached by Francisco Ruig, who famously worked as part of Rafael Nadal’s team for many years. Stephens previously worked with Kamau Murray. Nick Saviano was her main coach during her early years.

Has Sloane Stephens won a Grand Slam?

Yes. Stephens won the 2017 US Open singles title – which remains her only Grand Slam title to date – in the most unexpected of circumstances.

She entered the tournament as world No 83 and had not played any events between August 2016 and June 2017 due to a foot injury that also required surgery. Stephens scored wins over No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 33 Julia Görges, No. 17 Anastasija Sevastova, No. 9 Venus Williams and No. 16 Madison Keys to become the lowest-ranked US Open champion ever, and the fifth-lowest at any Grand Slam event.

Stephens also reached the 2018 Roland-Garros final (losing to Simona Halep) and the semi-finals at the 2013 Australian Open (beating Serena Williams on the way).

How many WTA titles has Sloane Stephens won?

Sloane Stephens has won 7 WTA Tour singles titles in her career so far. Besides the US Open, Stephens has won titles in Washington DC (2015), Charleston, Acapulco and Auckland (2016), and Miami in 2018. Her most recent win came in Guadalajara in 2022. She was also part of the U.S. team that won the 2017 Fed Cup (since renamed to Billie Jean King Cup).

What is Sloane Stephens’ highest ranking?

Sloane Stephens reached her career-high ranking of No. 3 in July 2018, soon after reaching the Roland-Garros final that year. Her current ranking and ranking history are available on her WTA Tour profile page.

How much prize money has Stephens won in her career?

Stephens has won over $17.39 million in career prize money (as of May 10, 2023). Her updated prize money can be found on her WTA Tour profile page.

Are Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys good friends?

Sloane Stephens calls Madison Keys, whom she beat in the 2017 US Open final, as one of her closest friends on the tour. Stephens holds a 4-1 edge over Keys in singles matches on the WTA Tour, including a straight-sets win in Charleston earlier this week.

“Maddie is one of my bestest friends on tour, if not my best friend on tour, and to play her here, honestly, I wouldn’t have wanted to play anyone else but for us both to be here is such a special moment. I told her I wished it could be a draw because I wish we could have both won,” Stephens said after their US Open final.

What does the Sloane Stephens Foundation do?

The American started the Sloane Stephens Foundation in 2013. The foundation aims to provide opportunities for children through education, fitness, and sport. Along with her, Stephens’ mom and her uncle (Ronald Smith) play an important role in the foundation.

Is Sloane Stephens married?

Yes. Stephens is married to United States national soccer team player Jozy Altidore. She met Altidore for the first time in the fifth grade. The couple started dating in 2016 and became engaged in April 2019, before marrying in January 2022.

What are Stephens’ hobbies?

Stephens loves fashion, beauty, music, and spending time with her family in her free time. In 2017, Stephens graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from Indiana University East.

Is Sloane Stephens on social media?

Yes, you can also the American on Instagram (more than 500,000 followers), Twitter (228,000 followers), and Facebook (620,000 followers). Stephens updates her fans regularly about her life on and off the tour. Stephens also has her own website.

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