Career and Goal Exploration

Professional Tennis Player

                                Why I Want to be a Tennis Player

-Tennis is an exciting sport that keeps you in shape.
-Tennis players get to travel the world.
-Tennis players are cheered on my thousands of eager fans.

                      Facts About Professional Tennis Players
1. They are constantly traveling, jumping on and off planes and living suitcase to suitcase.
2. The average salary for a pro tennis player is around $300,000 per year; however, the top players earn closer to $5,000,000 per year.
3.  The top players earn more from endorsements than winning tournaments. For example, Maria Sharapova made $25 million one year only from sponsors such as Nike, Tag Heuer, and Cole Haan.
4.  Out of their earnings, tennis players have to pay for travel expenses, coaches, personal trainers, and sometimes mental trainers. These costs add up to over $200,000 per year on average.
5.  Top pro tennis players usually spend 8-10 hours a day playing tennis, working out, running, and training.

                      Goals to Become a Pro Tennis Player

1. Most pro tennis players attend a training academy such as Bollitierri Tennis Academy in Florida. They leave their families at an early age to train.
2.  The majority of pro tennis players do not attend college; they go straight to the pros.
3.  Tennis players must condition daily, especially regarding footwork.
4.  Tennis players must compete in junior tournaments until they reach a certain level or turn 19, then they can turn pro.

                            Steps to Success

1.  Practice, practice, practice...experts say it takes 5 years or 1,000 hours to become an expert in a sport.
2.  Find a coach or mentor to push you and guide your training.
3.  Play in as many tournaments as possible to gain match experience and increase your ratings and ability.

If you work hard, you may playing the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York one day!

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