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Podcast 173: US Open Champion Sloane Stephens on Tennis & Self-Acceptance

May 18, 2022

2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens joins the WHOOP Podcast for an in-depth conversation on her career, high performance, and mental health.

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Sloane Stephens is one of the most recognizable American tennis players of the last decade. She became the youngest woman in the top 100 by the time she turned 18 and has reached as high as the No. 3 overall ranking in the world. Despite that, Sloane explains how she has avoided placing unnecessary pressure on herself and talks about how obsessing over winning proved to be a detriment to her.

Sloane is passionate about mental health and details the mindset that allowed her to find success in tennis. She explains what she’s learned from her mother, a psychologist, and how that’s helped her in life, both on and off the court.


Sloane Stephens Podcast Episode Chapters:

1:28 – Journey to tennis

5:02 – Going pro

7:54 – Her goal in tennis

8:22 – Obsessing over winning

9:27 – Winning the U.S. Open

11:28 – Mental health and wellbeing

17:04 – Before the U.S. Open finals

19:34 – Mindfulness and meditation

23:19 – Using WHOOP

26:41 – Strain

30:42 – Weight

33:19 – Defining “Peak Sloane”

34:27 – Treating yourself well

37:40 – Finding gratitude for your accomplishments

41:42 – Life after tennis

42:25 – The Sloane Stephens Foundation


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