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

  • Love Sammie :) If a movie is ever done about her, I know who should be cast to play her: Canadian actress Nicole Evangeline Lilly….they have very complimentary looks, especially the freckles :) good luck at the US Open, Sammie :)

  • David

    Good Luck at the US Open! You can definitely defend your title. Great player!

  • Monopoly

    Go Sam. What a start.
    I met you in a servo in Sydney & you were so kind & generous. Best wishes.

  • turtle master

    i like turtles, you rock sam stosur! keep up the great teniis. iluimnati

  • Keep up with the great attitude Sam, it suits you. We love you.

  • Zoe from Sydney

    Hi Sam Good Luck in the quarter final. We are right behind you!! Go Aussie!!

  • F.Laurendi

    Sammie
    I know you can beat Azerenka.. Just go out and do it. This is your year. You’ll be holding up the US Open women’s trophy for the second straight year..

  • Will

    I hate to say this, but I’m going to be blunt. You need a new coach, Sam. You have 10 times the talent of Azarenka – and you should be beating her 2 and 2. That goes for Serena as well. You have so much more athleticism and all-court game than ANYONE else on tour right now – and you should have 3 or 4 majors to this point. Do yourself a huge favor – and get Roddick’s ex-coach now !!!

  • Bella

    You are the most sympathetic tennis player. I love watching your matches. (: End even if you didn’t reach the semi final, you can be proud of yourself.

  • Sue

    You were awesome today and you almost beat Azarenka. I think she was relieved but she knows she barely made it. You must know it was a very exciting match even listening to it over the radio. Rock on!

  • Sonia Montenegro

    Best Match I’ve ever seen! You are a great tennis player, Bravo SAM! Que partido!

  • rj

    Sammy, CONGRATS on your performance against Azarenka. You’ll get her next time, so close…so close. You’re a great player and there will be many more championships in your future.

  • steven

    You showed tremendous heart out there today against Azarenka and it was a joy to watch your run at the U.S Open! Win or lose you are my favorite player and I believe in all that you do. Best of luck throughout the rest of the year!!

  • Dave Bertrand

    Your match against Azarenka was the best match I’ve seen in a long time… women’s or men’s game. You just kept coming back. And you showed great poise. The crowd wanted you to win too. Too bad it didn’t happen. Would have loved to have seen you in the semis.

  • Jirka

    Amazing match, thriller. It could go either way

  • KC

    Sam: Your battle against Azarenka yesterday was inspirational. I hope it vaults you on to greater success. I was wearing the Yankee cap and got your autograph as you left the court. Best wishes, KC

  • phil

    Hello, I come from Belgium and I want just say your are the best; I’m fan. Congrats

  • Rob

    Sam, you’re a gritty competitor with more talent than anyone on tour. Hopefully next year you will be the number one ranked female tennis player. Great job on not giving up in the third set tiebreak against Azarenka !!!

  • Sam, I like you so much and think you are an awesome tennis player. Keep up the great work and sorry you lost because I was rooting for you big time.

  • Sam you will get them next year, and I am rooting for you all the way!!!!!!!!! Stay positive always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GBU

  • Lisa S.

    Sam, Travelled from Texas to see you at the Open. Great comeback match against Azarenka…so close! Sat next to Aussies in the stands–a fun group. I was very impressed that you stopped to sign autographs for the kids as you exited the court, even though you must have been very disappointed with the loss. So many players brush past those kids when they’ve lost. You are a class act and a great player. We love you in the U.S.

  • VP

    Sam – Awesome comeback! Enjoyed your tennis versatility more than Azarenka’s boring baseline hitting. I still think you are the best tennis talent out there (and perhaps the only one who can hang with Serena). Keep working on your consistency and mental toughness! Look forward to more championship runs from you.

  • TeNNiSMoMAZ

    Agreed. SaM is a total CLaSs AcT…both on & off court. <3

  • Vlado

    You weren’t so close to winning it. You were better than her, and i just can’t understand why you’re the one to have lost. At least, you have deserved finals. And your backhand afterall is good, and if other players can’t expect you playing slice instead of top spin they will end up like azarenka should-if azarenka (all around player) has no answers on your game, you just have to keep it up and more slams will wait for you.

  • Samantha Hunt

    Sam i’m doing an assignment on you at school. I go to helensvale high, just like you did! i need to know about your management team, and who is in it?

  • Hi Samantha,

    Sam’s management team comprises of the following:

    Coach – David Taylor
    Manager – Paul Kilderry
    Strength & Conditioning expert – Narelle Sibte
    Performance analysis – Darren McMurtrie
    Psychologist – Ruth Anderson
    Physiotherapist – Anne-Marie Montgomery

  • Dmitri

    The prettiest lady on the tour.

  • Shayne and Leonie

    hi Sam, my wife and I enjoyed meeting you in Brisbane airport – thanks for spending the time with us.
    we are now following you in Japan. Great win against Maria… well done. keep going hard!!

  • gale

    Hi Samantha, Where can I get that T-shirt you were wearing in your 2012 US open interview from 08-31-2012? Here is the link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiuRDeyzvpM

  • Dott

    We all have good days and bad days. May you be blessed with many good days and get to Istanbul. Gold Coaster

  • lachlan

    go all the way in osaka and win the title i now you can love watching you play go sammy

  • your_fan_from_moscow

    Samanta, today you were better. Good luck to road on Istanbul. And welcome in twitter!

  • Antonio

    Hi Sammy, I saw you in russia for the first time and I was really amazed of your charism and your physics. After that I became a fan of you and I’m happy to see you playing in Istanbul today. I wish you good luck and hope you win this tournament :-) rgds from Stuttgart/Germany, Antonio

  • AmyWoolloomoolooNSW

    Good luck Sammy at Istanbul.

  • mypalal

    Sam, Just watched your match at the WTA Championships in Istanbul. I think you’re an excellent player and I’m always cheering for you. …. I also have to say I think it’s time for a new coach. … You have a tremendous amount of talent and I love watching you play. …. Look what a new coach did for Andy Murray. …. It’s time for a change while you still have the capability to improve. … Best of Luck

  • skevi

    Sammy.. congrats for your hard job you do so many years..!! You are the BEST!

  • alan freeman

    Whilst not being an avid tennis fan, I just wanted to say that (apart from being an absolute stunner) you are a credit to the game and your country. Your gracious and generous attitude to people, including opponents, is such a pleasant change to that of many of our so-called sports stars.
    Winning is not everything – it is nice – but not everything – no-one can win all the time – whatever you do, try to ensure that you enjoy each day of your life…………you will be such an awfully long time dead..
    I heard you on the wireless this morning, no excuses for a surprise loss – just good old honesty – you are a rare human being in the field of professional sport – and I think you are wonderful.
    ps. I loved your ad with the elephant.
    Look after yourself, have a safe, healthy and happy 2013 – you will be successful if just be yourself
    alan freeman(72) Adelaide

  • All the best for 2013 Sam!!

  • Go Sam,
    You are a champion no matter if you win or lose. You always give your best. My whole family love watching you play. Your posters are on the boys bedroom walls and they aspire to play sport at your elite level. You’re a great role model and ambassador for tennis and for Australia. Best wishes for a fantastic 2013 and beyond.

  • Luke

    you are the best Sam good luck with the Aussie open :-)

  • Margo

    I am so looking forward to watching you in the Australian Open next week all the way from Denver, Colorado (the Mile High City) You are my favorite female tennis player. I used to live in Perth and absolutely fell in love with Australia! My name is Margo but my tennis buddies call me Sammy Stosur! (oh yes they do!)

  • sdog1969

    You are a gorgeous lady!

  • ZH

    Hi Sam I hope you do really well in your tennis matches at the Australian Open. Your first match was great!! I like playing tennis too. Good Luck! From Zoe xo

  • beach_comber

    Sam we are wiling you to regain your form and know that you can do it despite the loopy media. You are a lovely attractive girl.
    Best wishes.

  • Julian F. Vaughn

    I saw what happened in the second round of the Au Open. As far as I am concerned you won the only match that ever mattered when you won the US Open in 2011. You know that 2011 win was won under such unique conditions that I think it is actually more prestigiuos than many majors won throughout history. Besides tennis should be like “Iron sharpening Iron” instead of vainglory. As long as you try to better others while playing or while off court you will always be a winner.

  • bec

    favourite tennis player!!!! cant wait to follow your success this year. xxoo

  • Diane

    Sam, are you married or not? Having an argument with my s/i/law that you are.I watch you whenever you are playing, don’t care whether you win or lose, as love your style, but good luck with the next game.

  • Roman Soren

    Dear Sam, tomorrow you will knock Petra down. I wish you good luck!!!

  • So sorry to see you just miss out against Petra – but it was a great fight and we respect you all the same.

  • Hi Sammy, looking forward to seeing you in dubai in february2013. You were kind enough to pose for a photo for me last year and I was really very grateful. I travel to Dubai every year from Scotland to visit my son and always get tickets for the tennis. I watch wta tour all year on eurosport and it was a delight to meet you in person. You are a great player with a very cool demeaner and laid back Aussie.