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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2009, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Lets calculate

Let's calculate all the money you need to invest to become a professional player...

for example ...
you are a 18 year old tennis player without raquet,shoes and all accesories.How much it will cost you?

then,how much(near)will you pay your trainer?
How much money do you need for going on some tournaments?

Please answer so that we all see(everyone who are thinking of playing professional tennis)is it that financialy possible....
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Re: Lets calculate

A lot depends on your talent and determination and your courage, just like Ana Ivanovic did (she had no money), she took a loan out of a very rich Swedish business man, and after her big success in the womens tour, she has paid off most of the money.

Or let's say you're a British player trying to make it big-time, you go to the British Tennis Association (Or w.e it's called) and they help you out. How do you think the likes of Murray and Federer made it? They went to their national tennis training centres because they were extremely talented and then it started happening..
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let's assume that you have to pa all by yourself,that the national tennis centres won't help you...
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then it depends on just how talented you are, and the accessories you need. you will probably have to contact your national tennis association so you can receive wildcards or something to play tournaments, starting with low-level challengers and then progressing..

you're from Croatia right? well im not sure how good the tennis is in Croatia, so i dont know if you receive a lot of help, all I know is that in Serbia and in UK tennis is big, and you receive a lot of help if you have the talent

and then the accessories can cost up to $1000 for a lot of racquets, sports gear, trainers, all that, etc, but if you're extremely talented, you won't need to dish out $1000
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in Croatia they are not helping very much.......
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It's worth looking at various sport associations in your country for funding, such as the ministry that handles sport (almost every government has one) and private scholarship opportunities, often funded by wealthy people for charitable reasons. They don't necessarily have to be specific to tennis, just sport in general. If that fails, then you would need to find a private sponsorship, where you would be obligated to pay the money back, often with interest. If you find a sponsor, most likely you can then find a commercial brand to provide you with stuff like shoes and rackets. They won't pay you money, as in an endorsement deal, but you'll get your equipment at a discount or for free.

The road to playing professional tennis is pretty damn expensive. There are so many elements that need to be financed, aside from the obvious rackets, coaching, etc. Health insurance for example, which is extremely costly. I remember reading that Marat Safin secured a private $300,000 sponsorship, much like Ana Ivanovic, and that's why he was able to train in Spain. Now, that may seem like a lot of money, but he lived on a tiny budget until he found success. I think that goes to show how expensive it is to become a tennis pro.
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thanks for information.I 'll try something...
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