Sloane Stephens wants to help more minority students discover the magic of tennis.

The US Open champ teamed up with the USTA to host a Net Generation Day at Centennial High School in Compton, California.

The school is the site of newly refurbished tennis courts funded by Stephens’s foundation and the Compton Unified School District.

Stephens was on hand to celebrate the opening of the courts and run a workshop for 400 elementary and middle school students that included games and music.

Compton is of course the scene of Venus and Serena Williams’ start in the sport. Stephens has been known to train in Carson, a city just ten miles south of Compton, and her foundation has organized a number of community tennis events there.

“I’ve gotten to travel the world, met amazing people, and I’ve gotten to do a lot with my life,” she said. “Tennis has given me that opportunity and just to be able to give that opportunity to one kid—it’s life changing.”

Stephens won the Miami Open two weeks ago and has reached a career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world. Her next scheduled tournament is the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, which begins April 23, 2018.


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