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how much does a pro tennis player get paid per year?

I want a job that i enjoy and that has travel benefits. i think if i pursue my dream of become a pro tennis player maybe those wishes will be fulfilled. However, this question is one i am curious about. #career #sports #athletics #success #tennis

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Ted’s Answer

Becoming a successful professional in any sport is a huge challenge, but if that's your dream and you're good enough, you should pursue it. However, I strongly recommend that you do not put all your eggs in one basket. You should try to obtain a college education with a major that appeals to you in case your goal as a professional tennis player cannot be met.


In the meantime, you need to find out as much as possible about your tennis skills. Do you win nearly all your matches? Have you been rated as a top player? What do tennis coaches have to say about your skill level? If you aspire to become a pro, you must be as realistic as possible about your abilities. You would probably have to be ranked in the top 100 players in the world to make a good living as a pro.


Good luck!


Good luck!

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Lonnie’s Answer

Hello!
Your annual salary will depend on your skill level. You should split your skill into technical ability, strategy ability, mental ability, physical ability, and ability to compete. Any professional player has his/her own level of achievement of each skill/ability. If you find your specific combination, you can get on the road to being a professional tennis player. The average player makes about 22K per year but playing and winning tennis opens can be in the millions.

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Eric’s Answer

There's a ton of ways that pro tennis players get paid; here are a few from this quora answer (https://www.quora.com/How-do-professional-tennis-players-make-a-living)

  • Tournament Winnings
  • Exhibitions
  • Interclubs
  • Teaching Tennis
  • Sponsorships

Generally, playing tennis is not something that is a stable career unless you're in the top few hundred players in the world. I'll link some additional things to read in the Suggested Next Steps!

Eric recommends the following next steps:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/miguelmorales/2013/08/26/aces-into-assets-how-michael-russell-has-made-a-profitable-career-in-the-demanding-world-of-pro-tennis/54b6bf9c4754
https://blog.universaltennis.com/2016/04/26/how-to-make-pro-tennis-a-realistic-career/
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Candace’s Answer

It depends on how good you are. Seriously. If you can make it into the top 100, you will break even and you start having significant positive cash flow at the top 50 level. While you do get to travel the world, a tennis player has significant expenses like airfare, hotel, coaching, etc. If you can't get into the top 100 and stay at that journeyman level, it will be tough to make a living off of tennis. With that being said, I do encourage you to follow your dream and if it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out. You can also go the college route and see if you can get a tennis scholarship.

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