In one fell swoop, tennis star Sloane Stephens just won the U.S. Open and became the most relatable sports figure around. Because with winning, came the U.S. Open tennis tournament prize money. And when Sloane saw how much it was — well, watching her face, she just might’ve become our new famous tennis player (sorry, Serena Williams — you’re still a legend, though!).
It all started when Sloane opened her check. Up on the platform in front of everyone, she accepted her trophy and an envelope containing her winnings. But when she got a peek at what was inside the envelope… It’s best if you see it yourself.
And honestly, that’s all you need to know to love her.
Sloane Stephens just shared her shock and excitement on her face.
So of course she became a meme! Because really, what great reaction doesn’t?
The thing about Sloane’s reaction isn’t that it is earnest (which it definitely is), but rather that she just had no idea how much money she’d actually get for winning the U.S. Open. It is a pretty prestigious title to have. And it doesn’t hurt that the paycheck is pretty incredible.
It is nice that Sloane Stephens seems like a generally amazing person. When someone who truly deserves it goes home with a prize like that, it makes us, as viewers, even more ready to cheer for her. She’s just so happy to have won, and we’re so happy for her!
We can’t wait to see where Sloane goes next! Will she go on to become tennis royalty? Well, hopefully! But we’ll have to wait and see where her career, talent, and expressive face takes us. In the meantime, this face alone is pretty legendary.