In 2013, the tennis world believed the heiress to Serena Williams had finally arrived after a name previously not known had forced her to bow out of the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinals. The heiress is an American professional tennis player known as Sloane Stephens. Years later, she would continue to rise in the sports as she keeps making a name for herself in surprising ways. Here is all to know about Sloane.
Sloane Stephens Biography
March 20, 1993, was the day the famous tennis star was born in Plantation, Florida to Sybil Smith and John Stephens. Sloane is of Trinidadian descent, she was raised by her mother after her father had left them when she was just but a toddler.
Unlike many other stars who began playing their sports or loving it since their earliest years, it was until Sloane was 9 that she made her first serious contact with the sports after she was pulled into it by her mother and her stepfather.
Soon enough, she showed great promises which wasn’t surprising being that she was born into an athletic family with a mother who was a professional swimmer and a father who was a professional American football player. Sloane Stephens’ father played for the New England Patriots from 1988 to 1993 in the National Football League (NFL).
Just two years after she was introduced to the sports she decided to make a life out of it by moving to Boca Raton in Florida to train at the Evert Tennis Academy.
Before kick-starting her professional career, Stephens had made a name for herself in the junior tennis scene with a number of wins including the 2010 Wimbledon Championships Girls’ Doubles which she took home together with Tímea Babos.
Professionally, she has made a good run thus far. Her first major show was in 2013 after she defeated Serena Williams who was then ranked world No. 3 in the 2013 Wimbledon Championships and reaching the semi-finals before she was forced to also bow out by the world No. 1 then, Victoria Azarenka.
It was, however, until the 2015 Citi Open that Stephens got to win her first major title after she ended as the champion of the competition. This would be followed in 2017 by her first US Open title which saw her defeat Madison Keys to clinch the number one spot.
Up until the second half of 2018, the best ranking she has reached in the world is No. 9. More so, she has also been able to get close to 10 career titles with her racket.
Her Family: Father, Mother (Sybil Smith)
The life of Sloane Stephens has not been one without its tragedy most especially when one looks at her family life. As earlier stated, she was raised by her mother as a single parent after her father abandoned them when she was just a kid.
After her father left her mother who was in her days an All-American swimmer, she later found and married Sheldon Farrell who would played a great role in her life as a tennis player because he also played the sports.
The first tragedy that befell Stephens was the death of Sheldon Farrell when she was about 14. The next would be the death of her biological father, who she lost to a car crash in 2009. Before his death, John Stephens was able to mend broken fences with his daughter and get back to a good relationship with her.
Just as sports flows in her family, her brother, Shawn Farrel is also into sports. He is a baseball player as well as a football player although he is yet to make it big in either sports.
Sloane Stephens’ Boyfriend
As regards her relationships, the young beautiful tennis star has not dated many men in the past. Instead, she has only been in two thus far. Her first relationship was with fellow tennis star, and Olympic gold medallist, Jack Sock. The relationship between the two which began in 2013 was rather open and public, but it didn’t last beyond 2014.
The next person to be her boyfriend is American soccer player, Jozy Altidore who she began dating in 2017. Just as her first relationship, Sloane and Jozy who was born on 6 November 1989 are very open about their relationship and as at the second half of 2018, they were still much together as a couple.
Not necessarily the biggest tennis player out there, Sloane Stephens is a bank of surprise, on the court. While that has made her very interesting to watch play and follow, it has also ensured that she has it good in terms of fortune.
Making it as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Top 30 in 2018, she has a net worth that can be estimated to be over $10 million. Although some sources put her at $4 million, the beautiful tennis sensation has won close to $10 million in career prize. More so, she has a number of endorsement deals with brands such as Precision Nutrition and Under Armour. She was also an American Express global ambassador.