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The transition from junior into professional tennis

Anyone can say that "wants to become the best player in the world", but few of those are willing to sacrifice and "pay the price" and that is indeed true.

Being a professional in any sport is very demanding, but the deal is, being a successful professional tennis is by many criteria, one of the most demanding professions in the world of professional sport. It is known that because of the internationalization of high competition, players spend an average of more than forty weeks a year traveling from one end of the planet to another, playing in different weather conditions (outdoors and indoors) and on different surfaces. This multiyear lifestyle requires specially trained, adapted, disciplined and highly motivated person who has exceptional quality in various domains.

Roger Smith with players

The path to achieving of young players dreams is not easy and it is a lot of challenges and obstacles that need to be resisted and overcome. Every career has its own special way, and it is therefore difficult to say which is the magic formula needed to achieve a successful career in the world of professional tennis. Thus we see that a large number of successful high-ranking junior does not find its place and does not show the real value among the tennis elite. There are many reasons and problems that the young player and his closest family face during this transition are mostly technical in nature is simply ignorance of the competition system in which a young player needs to continue his career, then enviroment where the player is and the conditions to allow his uninterrupted progress and development and in the end (which is often at the head of this list) we find a problem that hinders the realization of the whole plan- financial in nature.

hose higueras i donald young

The decision when the player will turn pro in this sport is quite individual and statistically evident is that the girls decide to do so at the age of 15 and a half years on average, while men do so some time later at the age of about 17 years. The range is very wide so that a certain number turn to professionals in the pubertal age, some at the conclusion of their junior career, while a small number of players do this after the graduation (American college players).

In general the painless transition for the best juniors would be playing international tournaments organized by the ITF (International Tennis Federation), which are in fact a mirror in a small professional Tennis (world ranking, playing a Grand Slam tournaments, a large number of visitors , media attention, playing tournaments all over the world, the presence of agents of major sporting management firms). The top-ranked players at the end of the year often get a chance to play some professional tournaments and the chance to earn first or new points to the ATP and WTA world rankings.

transition into pro tennis

Participation in professional tournaments, the lowest prize Challengers and Futures is a step that players must overcome on the way to major tournaments. The prize fund is on the futures of 10 - $ 15,000 (for women 10-25000) are in the jurisdiction of the ITF, while Challengers are the responsibility of ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and they have a higher level tournaments where the prize money and greater (50 -100.000 dollars), as well as the possibility of winning a greater number of points, which brings a better chance one day to participate in the ATP and WTA (Women's Tennis Association) tournaments as well as those who are at the top of the pyramid-four Grand Slam (French, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian). It should be noted that the winners of tennis tournament belongs to only about 15% of the total cash prize, runner-up gets half the check and so on in the same order.

vasillios psiras and eliot

What will be the initial success of course depends on the environment in which the player is preparing for competitions, such as working conditions, and under what kind of professional supervision the whole process of preparation takes place. At this stage (transition to professional tennis) just hitting balls is no longer of primary importance,  as a number of small factors (environment, conditions, and coach) who make a significant difference. There are numerous examples of players who left the residence at a young age in search of better training conditions, which is, analyzing their entire career, considered one of the most important and good decisions, and such a "nomadic" way of life with a frequent change of tournament sites, will be a big part of their life at the pro-circuit.

korina at work
In addition to adopting the road trip, hour long zone changes, different foods, etc., a young player at the psychological level, must be aware of the fact that after a successful junior career often comes a period of time where they will be losing more matches than they will win, which is "invincible" and strange sense for juniors who do not know that feeling. To overcome the difficulties and the continue the high quality work in a good environment necessary is first of all: the time, and patience and a lot of money. It is known that the average new players at the professional level of competition requires at least two years (sometimes longer) of successful play to feel a significant financial inflow. During this period it is necessary to bear the costs of travel, accommodation, coach, while they don’t see any significant benefit, and that’s precisely the time when those who surround the players (parents, sponsors) have to do everything to take care in finding the necessary finances to continue their careers. Player has to be spared of not spending more energy and not feeling that pressure on his back, he only needs to do his job-play tennis.


With everything mentioned above for the smooth functioning of the set of plans it is necessary to keep in mind that health is always the most important thing and that only healthy and fully fit player can respond to the demands being at the top of the competitive tennis. Taking account of the preparations (never even start training without a sufficient warm-up game), total rehabilitation of the current injury (never injured or playing half -healed), as well as avoiding any potential risk sporting activities (management company this item often entered into an agreement with the players), tennis career will be extended and it will allow players to reach their maximum as a competitor and certainly the most-financially.

Julija Boserup orange bowl

Finally, if it is asked what is it that makes the difference between the best and those who failed to achieve their highest range, you'll notice that there is something that is common to all young players who have succeeded in the world of professional tennis, something that every top competitor possess, and which has nothing to do with the genetic heritage or wealth, the invisible force that leads the players and helping them to achieve a specific result: it is a sincere desire for progress, success and victory, so strong desire that the player always willing to waive the current pleasures to exercise harder and to always go one step further in realizing their dreams.


Written by Sveto Matovic