Written by Brittany Vickers, editorial intern
Rising star Sloane Stephens has taken the tennis world by storm, becoming the youngest player in the third round of the 2011 US Open - she's only 18! We had a chance to talk with the pro while dueling in a tennis match on the XBOX Kinect before she heads to Charleston to kick off her summer season. Guess who won that match? (Hint: it wasn’t us.) Keep reading to find out what some of her favorite beats are and how she stays in shape off the courts.
What are some of your favorite music artists? I listen to all kinds of music! My favorite song right now is, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson. But I also love Miley [Cyrus] and Justin Bieber - his new song, “Boyfriend,” is amazing! But he can do no wrong in my eyes. I’m also into Selena Gomez’s “Love You Like a Love Song,” Keri Hilson and Brad Paisley.
Do you listen to all of those when you work out, or do you find yourself veering somewhere else? I listen to a lot of Rihanna and Beyonce. Both of them have some really good pump-up songs.
What are your go-to summer workouts when you need a break from tennis? I love working out my abs! I’ll do 30 crunches, 30 side crunches, 30 straight-leg toe touches and a 60 second plank. Feel the burn! I go through it a couple of times and really start to feel it. But I also do a lot of running. I just ran my first 5K in 21 minutes! I’m really proud of that time, but I’m never doing it again in my life! It was so hard! Besides running, I do a lot of plyometrics and jumping workouts. Things like box jumps and single-leg stability work are a part of my everyday routine. After a tough workout, I like to use BENGAY on my sore muscles [editor’s note: Stephens is BENGAY’s latest athletic ambassador]. Their newest product is the Zero Degrees pain-relieving gel; I love that it has a vanishing scent!
Do you usually work out with friends? I’m usually alone, but not by choice. No one else wants to do it! Sometimes I can get my mom to come with me, though. She doesn’t have to do the same workout, but it’s nice to have someone to go with. Finding a workout buddy is tough!
How do you stay motivated? My motivation is really just to get better. I know if I work hard, I’ll keep improving, and who doesn’t want to get better? I’ve never really thought about my dream as an athlete, but I guess it’s just to be the best I can be. I don’t know exactly what that means yet, but I definitely want to find out and working hard is the only way to get there. It would be pretty cool to be number one, I’d be so trendy!
What are a few of your favorite fit snacks? I love peanut butter and jelly! It’s so good and super easy to make and take with you. That is definitely my favorite. I’m also super into Greek yogurt! I get a plain flavor and add all sorts of things to it, like honey or fruit.
What’s coming up for you this summer with tennis? I’m off to Charleston and then Europe to play summer court season! I’m really excited about it! I’m just going to go out and do my best. I’ve been working really hard, so hopefully it pays off!