American Tennis Star Sloane Stephens Says She’s Proud To Talk About Women’s Health and Menstrual Cycles Ahead of US Open 22

Published 08/29/2022, 6:50 AM EDT

American tennis superstar Sloane Stephens is one of the few players who have openly discussed women’s struggles. Recently, the WTA and its title sponsor Hologic hosted a panel discussion to discuss the subject of women’s health, not just in sports but in general. In that, Stephens acknowledged that not everyone feels as comfortable speaking up about women’s health as she does.

The former US Open champion is emphasizing the importance of discussing women’s health in addition to her preparation for the last Grand Slam event of the season.

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Sloane Stephens talks about WTA support for women’s health

The WTA provides healthcare for tennis players who travel for around 40 weeks a year, including psychologists and cancer screening. The best result from players comes from giving attention to a healthy body and mind. 

Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Sloane Stephens of the USA celebrates after defeating Cori Gauff of the USA on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports.

The former world no.3, Sloane Stephens, talked about how it feels to have support for women’s problems. She said, “As a tour, being the biggest women’s sport, it’s super important for us to have someone who believes in the same thing we believe in.” 

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Further, she added, “Being able to focus more on women’s health, the recovery process, menstrual cycles, all of those things that aren’t really studied in women’s athletes, I think is important and obviously being able to be part of that as a tour–we all have some input and we all have data–I think it’s been a really good partnership.” According to Stephens, finding support in taking care of both mental and physical health is a great deal for all the players around the world.

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Will Stephens rise to the occasion during the US Open?

Stephens will begin her US Open campaign against the Belgian tennis ace, Greet Minnen. The former US Open champion had a disappointing season so far. Earlier this year, she was defeated by Emma Raducanu in the initial round of the Australian Open. At the WTA 250 in Guadalajara, the American bounced back by winning her first title in four years.

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In Indian Wells, Naomi Osaka defeated her in the opening round. Her performance leading up to the US Open hasn’t been great either. In Canada and Cincinnati, she suffered defeats against World No.3 Maria Sakkari and the current World No.1 Iga Swiatek, respectively.

Stephens, a former US Open champion, will try to recreate the magic that helped her triumph in 2017.

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Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has a keen interest in tennis, cricket and esports.

Edited By: Tony Thomas

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