On the occasion of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on February 7, Sloane Stephens took to Instagram to celebrate her enduring friendship with fellow tennis star Madison Keys.
In an Instagram story accompanied by a snapshot of the two athletes together, Sloane shared her gratitude for the unwavering support and camaraderie she has found in Madison. “I am so grateful to have a friend on tour like Madison Keys,” Sloane wrote. “Madi keeps it 100 at all times and is always the person to speak up or asks questions when something seems unjust.”
Their friendship, which has blossomed despite the competitive nature of their sport, serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring athletes. Sloane emphasized this point, stating, “I hope our friendship shows young girls and women in sport that you don’t have to claw your way to the top. You can be a good friend, demonstrate kindness, and be fair while still giving it your all during a match.”
Despite facing each other seven times in professional competition, with Sloane currently leading the head-to-head 5-2, their relationship has remained steadfast. Their most notable encounter took place in the 2017 US Open final, a momentous occasion where Sloane emerged victorious, capturing her first and only Grand Slam title.
In the world of professional sports, where competition often reigns supreme, it’s refreshing to see athletes like Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys redefine what it means to be champions both on and off the court.