The stars of our sport shared stories about their heroes, both in life and on the court, and how these idols shaped who they are today. For more "My Hero" submissions, click here.

Sloane Stephens: My Grandfather

Sloane Stephens: My Grandfather

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Sloane Stephens: My Grandfather

Sloane Stephens: My Grandfather

My hero is my grandpa because he’s the best person who ever lived on this planet. I love him so much and he taught me everything that I know. He taught me how to read, how to garden, how to plant, how to cook, how to make bread, the colors of the rainbow, everything. Every Sunday we Face Time on his iPhone 6 Plus. Our talks aren’t about tennis, but he told me that I need to keep my racquet parallel to the net at all times.

Photo courtesy of Sloane Stephens