2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens admits that tennis has given her a good life and that is one of the main reasons she is using her position to help others. Stephens, 29, launched the Sloane Stephens Foundation in 2013.
The main goal of Stephens’ foundation is to make the game more accessible to those who cannot cover all the costs and expenses. A Grand Slam champion and former top 3 player, Stephens has enjoyed a successful career and experienced many great moments throughout her career.
“I always say that tennis has given me an incredible opportunity to do all these incredible things. I have met presidents. I have traveled the world. Tennis has been my vehicle for that. I have always loved working in my community and would love to give back and give people those same opportunities,» Stephens told Vanity Fair.
Stephens: Tennis has given me so much, now it’s up to me to give it back
Stephens’ foundation has provided students with more than 50,000 hours of tennis instruction. “Tennis is a very difficult sport to play. You need a racket.
You need courts. You need trainers. It discourages many parents and children. Tennis has given me so much, and being able to offer that to someone’s child through sport and education is really important,» Stephens explained.
Meanwhile, Stephens prepares for the 2023 season. In 2022, Stephens enjoyed some bright moments, including winning his first title since 2018. In early 2022, Stephens made it all the way to Guadalajara. In late May and early June, Stephens enjoyed a hot run at the French Open as she reached the quarterfinals before losing to Cori Gauff.
Now, Stephens is preparing for the 2023 season and the upcoming Australian tour. Stephens did not enjoy a hot run at the Australian Open in 2022, losing to Emma Raducanu in the first round. Whether Stephens can do better at the Australian Open in 2023 remains to be seen.