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!