30-year-old Sloane Stephens, the former World No. 3, is not just a great tennis player. She has football skills too. In a recent video, Stephens is on the tennis court, mimicking her serve motion but with a football in her hand instead of a tennis racket.
The results were great. The football sailed to the opposite side of the court landing where her tennis ball would have bounced. Stephens was pleased with the result calling out the Miami Dolphins in her social media post with the video. There has been no response from the Dolphins team who is leading the AFC East division with an impressive 10-4 record. (The Dolphins play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in a battle of 10-4 teams.)
If you are wondering why Stephens specifically chose to call out the Dolphins, it is because she is a lifetime Florida resident. Born in Plantation, Florida in March 1993, she now lives and trains in Fort Lauderdale.
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Stephens puts out a beehiiv newsletter to approximately 800,000 paid subscribers on the platform. Her most recent edition features "motivation, self-care tips, and philanthropy news from a mental health advocate and professional tennis player."
She is a well-rounded person with off-court interests. Stephens earned her communications degree from Indiana University East months after winning the 2017 US Open. On New Year's Day, she will celebrate her second wedding anniversary to professional soccer player Jozy Altidore.
Stephens intends to play in the 2024 Australian Open in mid-January as part of an ambitious schedule to kick off the season. The 2013 Australian Open semifinalist has not experienced success in Melbourne in recent years. She enters this year's tournament ranked 46th.
The youth movement in tennis with the top seeds being in their teens and early 20s could limit Stephens's chances of winning another Grand Slam. However, she cannot be counted out because she is a dangerous opponent for the top seeds and perceived favorites.