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Sloane Stephens serves up tennis to Compton kids

U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens (L) teaches tennis to 400 elementary students at a workshop in Compton, California, April 12, 2018. Stephens unveiled refurbished tennis courts at a school in impoverished Compton, California, the latest in an ongoing effort by the African American player to expand the reach of the sport to minorities.

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U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens (L) teaches tennis to 400 elementary students at a workshop in Compton, California, April 12, 2018. Stephens unveiled refurbished tennis courts at a school in impoverished Compton, California, the latest in an...more

U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens (L) teaches tennis to 400 elementary students at a workshop in Compton, California, April 12, 2018. Stephens unveiled refurbished tennis courts at a school in impoverished Compton, California, the latest in an ongoing effort by the African American player to expand the reach of the sport to minorities. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Cameron Campbell, 11, tries to catch a ball at a tennis workshop. Four hundred elementary and middle school students joined the world number nine for a tennis lesson on a sun-soaked day on the crisp blue courts, which were paid for by Stephens' foundation and the Compton Unified School District.

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Cameron Campbell, 11, tries to catch a ball at a tennis workshop. Four hundred elementary and middle school students joined the world number nine for a tennis lesson on a sun-soaked day on the crisp blue courts, which were paid for by Stephens'...more

Cameron Campbell, 11, tries to catch a ball at a tennis workshop. Four hundred elementary and middle school students joined the world number nine for a tennis lesson on a sun-soaked day on the crisp blue courts, which were paid for by Stephens' foundation and the Compton Unified School District. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Alexa Meza, 6, returns a shot at a tennis workshop. Standing amid the children in a city where more than a quarter of residents live in poverty, Stephens told Reuters that to expose inner city kids to the game requires engaging directly with the neighbourhoods that need it most.

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Alexa Meza, 6, returns a shot at a tennis workshop. Standing amid the children in a city where more than a quarter of residents live in poverty, Stephens told Reuters that to expose inner city kids to the game requires engaging directly with the...more

Alexa Meza, 6, returns a shot at a tennis workshop. Standing amid the children in a city where more than a quarter of residents live in poverty, Stephens told Reuters that to expose inner city kids to the game requires engaging directly with the neighbourhoods that need it most. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Sloane Stephens (L) teaches tennis to 400 elementary students. "We have to go into communities that are underprivileged and under-served and introduce tennis to them," Stephens said. "It's very hands on and it's not easy. But to get into a school district like Compton, where there are a lot of minorities, is perfect because you give everyone the opportunity to play," added the Florida native who trains in nearby Carson. "It's a lot of reach without having to go really far."

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Sloane Stephens (L) teaches tennis to 400 elementary students. "We have to go into communities that are underprivileged and under-served and introduce tennis to them," Stephens said. "It's very hands on and it's not easy. But to get into a school...more

Sloane Stephens (L) teaches tennis to 400 elementary students. "We have to go into communities that are underprivileged and under-served and introduce tennis to them," Stephens said. "It's very hands on and it's not easy. But to get into a school district like Compton, where there are a lot of minorities, is perfect because you give everyone the opportunity to play," added the Florida native who trains in nearby Carson. "It's a lot of reach without having to go really far." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Angel Turner, 10, returns a shot at a tennis workshop. Compton is already etched into tennis history as the place where Serena and Venus Williams learned the game from their father Richard in the mid-1990s in lessons that were sometimes interrupted by the sound of nearby gunfire.

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Angel Turner, 10, returns a shot at a tennis workshop. Compton is already etched into tennis history as the place where Serena and Venus Williams learned the game from their father Richard in the mid-1990s in lessons that were sometimes interrupted...more

Angel Turner, 10, returns a shot at a tennis workshop. Compton is already etched into tennis history as the place where Serena and Venus Williams learned the game from their father Richard in the mid-1990s in lessons that were sometimes interrupted by the sound of nearby gunfire. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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A boy hits a ball at a tennis workshop. With courts in the works at Compton's Manuel Dominguez High School and Compton High School, Stephens said the tennis transformation taking place could be an example for other communities where basketball and football are dominant.

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A boy hits a ball at a tennis workshop. With courts in the works at Compton's Manuel Dominguez High School and Compton High School, Stephens said the tennis transformation taking place could be an example for other communities where basketball and...more

A boy hits a ball at a tennis workshop. With courts in the works at Compton's Manuel Dominguez High School and Compton High School, Stephens said the tennis transformation taking place could be an example for other communities where basketball and football are dominant. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Sloane Stephens teaches tennis to 400 elementary students. Stephens, whose father played pro football and mother was an all-American swimmer, said the sport has been good to her and said she wants members of the next generation to have that experience too. "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."

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Sloane Stephens teaches tennis to 400 elementary students. Stephens, whose father played pro football and mother was an all-American swimmer, said the sport has been good to her and said she wants members of the next generation to have that...more

Sloane Stephens teaches tennis to 400 elementary students. Stephens, whose father played pro football and mother was an all-American swimmer, said the sport has been good to her and said she wants members of the next generation to have that experience too. "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." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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