Sloane Stephens spent most of the last year dealing with a right foot injury that had her in a very large, very annoying walking boot for weeks. Her last match in 2016 was at the Rio Olympics, and after having surgery in February, she returned to the tour at Wimbledon.
“It's tough. It was six months and I had a big, huge cast on for four weeks, then the walking boot and you name it. I really missed tennis and I just wished I could have been playing," she said in D.C. late last month. "...It's weird not being able to play tennis. Tennis is my whole life."