Sloane Stephens, 19, turned professional in October 2009 and is sponsored by Under Armour and Head Rackets. Due to WTA age eligibility rules 2011 was a big year for Sloane. For the first time Sloane was eligible to play a full WTA tournament schedule. She enjoyed a breakthrough on the WTA tour in 2011 becoming the youngest player ranked in the top 100 (#89).
Sloane picked up a racket for the first time at age 9. Her family then moved to Florida where she began her pursuit of her goal to become a professional tennis player. Sloane honed her technical skills at Saviano High Performance Tennis Academy (SHPT) in Ft. Lauderdale. Sloane believes that she has to be “fit” and ready to go for every tennis match. She has an incredible team of strength and conditioning staff who help her keep her body in the best possible condition for competition.
In 2010, Sloane won three of the four Junior Grand Slam Doubles titles: the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, with Hungarian partner Timea Babos. She reached the singles quarterfinals at the French Open, Wimbledon, and the semi-finals at the US Open.
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 was featured in Teen Vogue’s “Denim for Every Body.” (February 2011) representing the athletic build and the WTA’s Dubai Duty Free “The Full Of Surprises Travel Show: San Diego.”