WATCH: Sloane Stephens Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Video Shoot

Tennis star Sloane Stephens is appearing in the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

The 2017 U.S. Open winner is making her debut in the magazine and is excited to partake in the annual tradition that has featured plenty of tennis stars throughout the years, most recently Genie Bouchard.

“I’ve always loved the beauty of the SI Swimsuit issue and thought it would be incredible to one day be a part of it. I honestly never thought I’d have the opportunity. When the opportunity was presented, I immediately said yes because I felt really honored to be a part of it,” she told Sports Illustrated.

“The most challenging shots were shots posing with the waves splashing on you. Trying to maintain your composure with waves and sand flowing was wild. I have so much respect for all of the models of the world. Modeling is fun but extremely challenging work.”

The 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue hit newsstands this month and features fellow athletes Aly Raisman, Bouchard, Brenna Huckaby and Paige Spiranac.

Check out the video below: