About Sam

A Christmas present was all it took to start eight-year-old Sam Stosur on her tennis journey.

As a child Sam spent hours hitting at the local courts in Adelaide with older brother Daniel. He soon realised she had above-average ability and convinced their parents, Dianne and Tony, to give Sam coaching lessons.

At the age of 13, Sam took off for her first overseas trip – to the World Youth Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia – it would be her first taste of life as a tennis pro.

At 14 she joined the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) under Geoff Masters and in 2001, when she was 16, Sam joined the Australian Institute of Sport’s tennis program.

She formed a successful coaching partnership with Craig Morris, travelling together on the WTA Tour. Craig has played a huge role in Sam’s tennis, both on the court and off, and remains a close personal friend.

Sam’s first big break came at Australian Open 2006 when she reached the fourth round – her best singles result at a Grand Slam tournament up until that point. Solid results took her to a then career-high No.27 in January 2007.

While Sam was busily working her way up the singles rankings, she was nearing the top in doubles. She became world No.1 in February 2006 after claiming a series of titles with doubles partner Lisa Raymond. The Australian–American duo won the US Open in 2005, were runners up at Australian Open 2006 and won the French Open in 2006.

In 2007, this consistently successful pair won five titles and made it to the semis at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. Sam won her maiden Grand Slam mixed doubles crown at the Australian Open in 2005 with fellow Queenslander Scott Draper and her second at Wimbledon 2008 with Bob Bryan.

It was during Wimbledon 2007 that Stosur’s health started to go downhill, just as her career was on the up. Stosur battled through the pain, but after falling in the first round of the US Open, she put an end to her season. In October doctors were finally able to give her a reason for the pain and lethargy she had been feeling since Wimbledon – she had Lyme disease. Stosur also contracted viral meningyties, further shelving her plans to push for a place among the world’s elite.

Read more about my battle with Lyme disease

Through illness Stosur missed the end of 2007 and the first few months of the 2008 season. Stosur’s return to competition came in April 2008 at an ITF event in Dothan, where she made the semifinals. In September Stosur’s comeback was complete when she made it to the final of the WTA event in Seoul.

But it was in 2009 when Sam truly came into her own in the singles arena. The year began with a third-round appearance at the Australian Open, was highlighted by a semifinals berth at the French Open and culminated with her maiden singles title in Osaka.

In 2009 Sam became renowned for her serve, which is now considered one of the best on the women’s tour, while her year-end ranking of No.13 was another career high for the Queenslander.

On the doubles court, Sam paired with Fed Cup teammate Rennae Stubbs to make the final at Wimbledon, Eastbourne and Toronto, the semis at the US Open, Dubai, Madrid and the Tour Championships in Qatar, and the quarters at Miami.

The Stosur show continued in 2010 as the Australian narrowed her focus to concentrate on singles, with the change bringing almost immediate success. A fourth-round appearance at the Australian Open was just the beginning as Stosur lifted the intensity.

Stosur made it to the semis at Indian Wells and the quarters in Miami before triumphing in Charleston to add a second WTA singles title to her collection. Stosur was a finalist at her next event in Stuttgart – falling to Justine Henin – and a quarterfinalist in Madrid as she prepared for Roland Garros.

It was on the clay that Stosur again announced her presence, clipping the wings of three world No.1s on her way to the French Open final where she was beaten by Italian Francesca Schiavone.

Not long after, Stosur rose to No.5 (July 2010) to post her latest career-high ranking.

Stosur’s best season on the Tour continued with semifinal appearances in Eastbourne, Stanford, and quarterfinal showings in San Diego, New Haven, Osaka and at the US Open.

Stosur finished her year at the WTA Tour Championships in Qatar, where she was a semifinalist. She was also awarded with the WTA’s Diamond ACES Award for 2010, recognising Stosur’s tireless efforts in promoting tennis to fans, media, and local communities. Her year was capped off by having a court named in her honour at Southport’s Queens Park Tennis Centre, Queensland.

She has been a member of the Optus Australian Fed Cup team since 2003 and is coached by the team’s captain, David Taylor.

In her downtime, Sam likes going to the beach, hanging out with friends, surfing and listening to music.

The facts

Born: 30 March 1984
Birthplace:
Brisbane, Australia
Lives
: Tampa, Florida
Star sign:
Aries

Weight: 65 kg
Height:
175 cm
Plays:
Right-handed

Family: Mother, Dianne, father Tony, brothers Dominic and Daniel

Nickname: Sammy

  • disqus_BaYsHsgxBM

    hi my name is phoebe and i am making a speach about you for my year 4 1st term speach. i play tennis for sport at school and i am really interested in tennis. thanks :)

  • david

    love watching you play. stay positive on and off court and you’ll win more titles.go NSW in the origin keep up the good work love ya and enjoy tennis know use too hate the game thxs

  • [email protected]

    Hi Sam, My name is Rowena and I am 8 years old. I am doing my topic talk oin you at school. I think you are great at playing tennis. PS I play tennis too

  • Mirco

    Very nice

  • blake Johnston

    go sam! Your my inspiration when i play on court. Make Australia proud!

  • we can’t stop

    I wish I could see you live some day

  • wag2woody

    Howdy Sam! How are you? As an Aussie, so proud of your tennis efforts….

    Hey, am I able to ask you a quick question if at all possible? Ive just been diagnosed with Lymes Disease which apparently you have recovered from? If so, is it possible to have any insights/ advice/ inspiration?

    Cheers & I hope for a reply…….

    Ro :-) ([email protected])

  • Nicholas Caplan

    Thank you for allowing me to have our photo taken yesterday at Eastbourne. I hope you beat all the team GB women tennis players.

  • davy Jones

    Sammy-on any given day you can beat anyone on tour. Sounds cliché, but staying in moment, one point at a time, may be key for you…good luck at Stanford…

  • Stephen G. Smith

    Congrats on the win today against Vicki Azarenka

  • Barry

    Brilliant result Sammy beating Azarenka. You were awesome. Love your attitude on court. You are my favourite lady tennis player and am always rooting for you every time you play. I have watched your career for a long time and I was overjoyed when you finally beat that awful illness. The very best of luck at the US open.

  • mg

    Like I said Sam… you’re a wonderful tennis player! Great job at La Costa. Nail it now at the open!!

  • Jeff Parris

    Hey Sammy! Great Job on your latest title! Other than a few mis-hits,you looked very sharp and powerful today!! Congratulations!

    Love your fan- Jeff Parris

  • Jeff Parris

    Hey Sammy! Congratulations on your latest title! Except for a few mis-hits, you looked very sharp and powerful! Looking forward to the U.S. Open.

    Much Love,
    Jeff Parris

  • VG

    Congrats on your fantastic win, a fitting reward for all your hard work and persistence plus a big dose of talent helps! Your tireless determination through hard times inspires me to try harder. I treasure the ball you and Casey signed for me recently at Jensens – thank you so very much – I feel privileged to have watched you play. Good luck for more good results this season but above all keep smiling as you always do.

  • David Chuckran

    Contact for more info if you need a hitting partner for us open. Good Luck

  • Благовест Колев

    Sam, call me at Sofia. 0878794042. Will be nice to meet you. I’ll show you the city!

  • ZH

    Hi Sam Good luck for the grand final for the Kremlin Cup. You’re the best and I hope you win!!! I hope I can play tennis like you when I grow up too. From Zoe (7) Sydney Australia. :) :) :)

  • we can’t stop

    I dont know why but Im so in love with that girl

  • we can’t stop

    You are my idol.

  • Sam, focus for the Holman cup…Tomic has just dopped his head in the second set . Frustrating, this game is so mental! I have recently developed a herbal blend which has helped my tennis game soar… I no longer fear the over active conscious mind…I just relax and hit the ball like I know I can. Bliss. I am a Physio and my naturopathic friend and I developed it together ! Let me know if you want a Trial? It is no joke…AWESOME and somehow we accidentally developed it? Take care, Marion. http://Www.thesocialphysio.com

  • we can’t stop

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  • Jürgen Rathmann
  • Scott Stacey

    Ms. Stosur: Best of luck in the remaining rounds of the French Open. You’re playing well – keep up your style. A thought for you, though: For the grass and hard court seasons, give some consideration to a but more serve and volley. With a serve like yours, a few steps into the court would surely put more pressure on the returner and lead to more errors and easy shots for you.

  • John Green

    Hi Sam. Good 1st round win. I heard the commentators mention your planter fasciitis issues. I also suffer this issue (past 5 years) in both feet especially bad in my right foot, to a point where i couldn’t even walk to the shops to buy the paper. I tried accupuncture, orthotics, rolling my foot on a frozen bottle of water etc. Got temporary relief but the pain always returned. For the past 6 months i’ve been wearing a different shoe, the brand is called Hoka One One, they are easily the most comfortable jogger type shoe i’ve worn and provide a tremendous amount of cushioning for my heels, also the design of the shoe encourages you to keep weight off the back of your foot. I can now walk without pain or orthotics. Just thought you might like to give them a try or check them out. I can’t begin to tell you how much relief they have provided me. Cheers and good luck with the rest of the tournament.

  • Vassilis

    Sam you’re one awesome Australian lady! Just wanted to send you lots of love & hugs from Athens Greece. Keep up the amazing work!!

  • art

    Sam , bless her heart, has never had enough self-belief or killer in her game. She is an Aussie ornament, a person who never screams at umps or other players…only herself. Let’s be totally honest here. Sam is the best woman’s tennis player we’ve had in recent times, and if she wants to keep playing , I’m cool with that. But Sam…you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose. Go see a psych. Get some positive reinforcement. And come back and give it all you’ve got. Learn to volley. Learn strategy. learn to hit top-spin lobs, learn to out manoeuvre your opponents. Physically, you are as tough as they come. But the mental negativity which sends bad chemicals to your brain is beating you at every major challenge. Never say you’re not good enough…you are. And you can play when you are mentally and physically positive in the toughest individual female sport of all.

  • thomas Futschik

    Hallo Sam ! Congratulations! Your performance today was very good! Wish you the best and hope to see more of your games. Greetings, thomas http://www.tennis001.at

  • Jay

    Hello Samantha, my wife has been fighting Lyme for roughly 15 years now. I just heard your story last week and was intrigued at your recovery. I would love to know what type of treatment that you went thru on your road to recovery. That way, maybe we could get my wife back on track! Thanks so much for your time and have a blessed day!
    Jay
    [email protected]

  • Zoe

    Wow what a great win third round French Open – GO SAM!!