2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens reveals she has been going to a therapy since she was 13 years old. Stephens says therapy has been very helpful to her but added she is aware that's luxury that some unfortunately can't afford.
"I’m one of those people who now finds it very easy to say how I feel, but I’ve gone to therapy since I was 13 years old,” Stephens said, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “My mom is a psychologist. So I’ve had an extreme amount of support, but a lot of people don’t have that.
I want people to be able to have that support and not feel judged when they feel something." Stephens, 28, admitted it was difficult for her when she first came to the Tour. "When I was 18 or 19 years old and a professional athlete learning my way through life, I was also juggling millions of people watching me play tennis every day.
It was just unbearable," Stephens said.
Stephens knows how to cope with negative emotions
"But now that I'm able to recognize [when I’m not feeling well], now I know I can identify those, I find it great.
I’m able to manage those emotions a lot easier because I know that I need to take a minute for myself," Stephens said. "I can manage myself easier now”. Stephens acknowledged that even athletes go through difficult and challengins times.
”I’m thankful that I’ve been able to share my story and a lot of people have been super supportive of seeing me as myself, as a human and not just Sloane Stephens, the athlete,” Stephens said. “Once people are able to accept that there’s a ‘you’ underneath the athlete or the celebrity, it’s a lot easier to be human."
Stephens hasn't played much time this year as her lone appearance in 2022 came at the Australian Open, where she was beaten in the first round.