What do they do?
Professional tennis players follow an international circuit competing in tennis matches. Entering tournaments, playing in exhibition games, and making business deals including sponsorships and other endorsements.
If you’re highly competitive, have a passion for tennis, and are willing to commit to long hours of training, you might have what it takes to become the next world number one.
- Natural ability, dedication and persistence
- High level of fitness including speed, stamina, and strength
- Have great reactions, exceptional coordination and be quick thinking
- Possess great focus, self-control, and motivation
- Be competitive and confident with a positive, winning, mentality
- Committed to an intensive training program and competition circuit
How to become a professional tennis player in Australia
While there are no academic qualifications that’ll ensure you become a tennis player on the professional circuit, you can give yourself the best chance by:
- Starting young and training hard
- Sign up for tennis lessons to learn the basics e.g. ANZ Tennis Hotshots
- Find a qualified coach to work with and develop your skills
- Progress your abilities and learn how to compete by taking part in as many events as possible
- Volunteer at tennis events, sign up as a ballkid, take as many opportunities as possible to get experience in all areas of the industry
- Joining an enrichment program such as Talent Tennis Australia’s Athlete Development Pathway
- Get yourself discovered by talent scouts in your state. You could contact them directly, or sign up for competitions, plan to attend as many events and workshops as possible
- Signing up for the International Tours Program if you’re aged 18 or under and meet the eligibility requirements.
- Attending one of the 7 National Tennis Academies
- Apply for Athletic Scholarships that could help you improve your skills, keep competing and obtain a degree at the same time e.g. US College Athletics Scholarship program
Average salary is impossible to calculate for this career, as earnings are dependent upon the number of tournaments won and endorsement deals made. However, if you make it to the top 90 world players – be rest assured you’ll have the opportunity to earn lots of money.
It’s also worth noting tennis players have to cover their expenses including travel, accommodation, coaching, and entering competitions (as well as taxes).
Other careers to consider
If you love tennis, there are plenty of other career options you could consider including:
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