WTA > Stephens: “For a while I was just Sloane, the number X-rated tennis player”

In a long interview with Essence magazine, Sloane Stephens talks about her career and her life on the circuit. She explains in particular that she no longer wants to be a victim of the “dictatorship” of the world ranking.

For a while, I was just Sloane Stephens, the number X-rated tennis player. Then over time, I learned to value myself, to be Sloane, the person, to understand that playing tennis is my work. My identity is multi-faceted, so my ranking is not an accurate representation of who I am as a person. I always believe that the best is yet to come, which is why I work every day with this belief etched in my mind. I don’t allow myself to stress so much about my ranking, whatever the circumstances.”

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