American tennis is not just about Serena and Venus Williams anymore, says Stephens


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American tennis is not just about Serena and Venus Williams anymore, says Stephens

In an interview, Sloane Stephens spoke about the health of American tennis and how it has progressed over the years. "I'm all about experiences and being able to experience something that money can't buy — you can't buy an experience like this.

I think being in a position that there are more African-American girls playing and younger girls — it's not just Venus and Serena (Williams) anymore — (Naomi) Osaka, Maddy (Madison Keys), myself, Coco (Gauff), Taylor Townsend — there are so many girls that are actually playing.

I think it's very powerful and inspiring just because there are not that many women in our sport." On Naomi Osaka and Cori Gauff, Stephens added: "I think that takes the sport a lot further than where we are now.

I think women supporting women is always a good thing. I think to give them (the kids) the opportunity and then giving them the environment that makes them feel comfortable and safe, with teachers they love and principals they like and parents being able to be involved — it takes a village.

Giving them that village is what makes them comfortable and makes them want to pursue their dreams. "It's very exciting to be alongside the women’s national team — I think people coming together to fight for what they believe in and what they deserve and what they want is very cool." Stephens won the 2017 US Open title beating fellow American and friend Keys in the final.