How Much Do You Need to Produce Professional Tennis Players
The following post is written by Alex Yep. He was traveling on the ITF circuit and participating at college matches of his tennis players.
If your dream is to have your child play professional tennis, you need to look deep into your soul and of your child. You have to be really sure and most of all, you need to be really sure of your child’s well being and desire. You will be digging deep into your wallet and it will be a hard road ahead with no guarantees. Be sure your child really have the desire to play and train as young as the ages of 7-8. Belief me, which speaking from experience and have when down this road before. Also, as parents, you need to be just as dedicated as the tennis player because for one of the parents, it will become a full time job plus more.
Let’s start, if you are serious and your child is about 7-8 years old. For their age they cannot train a full schedule because of their age factor. It will be too much for them. Start with a 4 day training of about 4 hours a day split into two sessions. Schedule of 4 days should consist of: 3 two hours session with one on one coaching. 1 two hours session with a qualify hitter. Remainder of the time spend practicing with parents. Play at least 1 tournament a month. Coaching cost will run approximately $75-$150/HR depending on your coach. Hitting coach should be about $35/HR.
This schedule should maintain until the junior tennis player reach the age of 10. Then it should increase to 5 days practice of 5-6 hours per day and adding 1 additional hitting session. When the tennis player reach the age of 11-12, depending on how well they physically developed. This is the age where your real training starts and a team must be in place for the development. The training will increase to 6-8 hours 6 days a week. The team will consist of (remember this is a guideline):
- The lead coach, 5 2/HR sessions a week $75-$150/HR,
- Additional specialty coach/with unique shot making skill, three 2/HR sessions $75-$100/HR,
- Hitting coach, three 2/HR sessions $35/HR,
- Trainer, three 2/HR sessions $60-$100/HR,
- Nutritionist once a week for meal plans and evaluation, 2HRS/$60-$100/HR,
- Parent, free, no charge.
This training will continue until age of 14. Then it is time to test the player on the junior ITF Circuit, possibly until age 16. This is where it starts getting expensive. Add one traveling coach to the agenda. This could be any of the 3 coaches you already have in place. You need to play at least 2-3 ITF tournaments per month. This will cost 5-10 thousands per week depending where you’re traveling to. Then you multiply that for approximately two years.
When the junior tennis player reach age of 16, if they are good enough to play on the futures tour; they will be traveling weekly with a coach. This will run approximately 5-7 thousands per week. Then at this point, it will be up to the player to see how long it will take them to succeed.
From the age of 8 until that player makes it on the big stage, you can approximately figure what it will cost you to get there. This is a general assumption and some really talented players may be able to get there sooner and able to keep the cost down by making money earlier on tour.
About the author: Alex Yep, the creator and the only instructor for Physio Technical Tennis. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org