Career in tennis

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  1. Tennis Man

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    I think I'm turning into a tennis junkie. I was wondering what kind of career paths are out there in the field of tennis if you are NOT a pro player?

    Any1 has a suggestion or 2?
     
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  2. TokyopunK

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    College Coach, High School Coach, Club Instructor, Stringer, Ball Boy, Line Judge, Umpire, Working at a club/stadium?
     
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  3. papa

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    Get an education first.
     
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  4. LuckyR

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    Teaching "Desperate Housewives" with absent, wealthy husbands at a resort in the Carribean...
     
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  5. jackson vile

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    Bingo! We will never even understand what an easy money rich kinda job that is:mrgreen:

    The women just spend spend spend!, and heck you charge what ever you want for stringing and other equipment.

    Those are the same people that have to have 100k watches, 10k dogs, furniture ect ect. So hey their money might as well go to a good cause LOL


    I guarantee those jobs are guarded though
     
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  6. Tennis Man

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    No, seriously. Where does one start? I have no idea. I have a career in Finance right now. I've been coaching a number of friends so far ..
     
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  7. tarheels2323

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    Well, I was set on goinig to law school last year (freshman year). Now I'm leaning toward a journalism major so I can cover tennis for ESPN or Tennis magazine.
     
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  8. boojay

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    probably the better choice. i dropped law to work at a tennis club and i'm having fun every single friggin' day. it's awesome.
     
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  9. FitzRoy

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    What's your job boojay? Giving lessons?
     
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  10. boojay

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    yah right lol. I wish.

    But actually, I sorta did help yesterday with beginner lessons. Mind you, it was such simple stuff that I don't consider it to be lessons and I didn't really do much. I just work the front desk--book courts, tournaments, leagues, answer phone calls, work the till, etc. etc. Most importantly, I get free on court privileges :D.
     
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  11. FitzRoy

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    That's a pretty damn good perk. ;)
     
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  12. boojay

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    shyeah, especially since i've never played winter tennis before, but now i can ;)
     
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    Well if you dropped admission to a great law school (as opposed to law enforcement at the local JC) then I think you have made a mistake, otherwise, go for it!
     
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  14. remyb2

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    Tennis director at a local gym might be good as it also involves finance and administration.

    The tennis director at my gym manages leagues, schools, tournaments and memberships people can take (as it's not just tennis, you have gym/racquet ball/squash/pool/etc...). Different membership packages gives you different access rights so there's a bit of marketing and finance involved there to get the right price and deals (like cheaper court fees in the day type of thing). He also gives tennis lessons here and there.

    I'm not sure how you can change career as such... probably by letting yoruself known to the club, provide good ideas and eventually get a reputation to be on the board of directors or something.
     
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  15. ATXtennisaddict

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    i like this thread. i always wondered if i could somehow get involved in tennis. I have an EE degree but I am passionate for tennis... :\
     
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  16. cmanxx

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    use that EE degree and make a sick ball machine
     
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  17. Tennis Man

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    What is an EE degree? ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING? Let's make a real Pong machine )))
     
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  18. boojay

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    i know if i had accepted and gone to law school, i would be miserable right now
     
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  19. LuckyR

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    Sure you would... right now. But in 20 years, trust me, it is better to hire the guy with the cool job, than to be the guy with the cool job...
     
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    Tennis writer Jon Wertheim was a lawyer before becoming a journalist.

    From his bio at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/writers/jon_wertheim/archive/index.html:

    "A member of the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations, Wertheim received a B.A. from Yale in 1993 and a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1997. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ellie, a divorce mediator, and their children, Benjamin and Allegra."

    I imagine that he either started freelancing articles on the side to get started, or he knew somebody from his contacts at Yale or Penn in order to make the career transition. In any case, he had great credentials if the writing dream didn't work out or he wasn't making any cash. I would recommend doing the same type of thing. It's nice to have options in life...
     
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  21. boojay

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    you're making the assumption that i'll still be alive in 20 years :p :D

    no guarantees
     
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  22. Tennismastery

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    Tennis is one of the more prolific 'lifetime' sports that offers a lifetime of involvement. Here is a list of careers in the tennis industry:

    Instructor
    Coach
    Director of Tennis at a tennis facility
    Pro shop Management
    Stringing specialist
    Clothing rep
    Racquet rep
    String and accesories rep
    USTA Ref or umpire
    Ball machine rep
    Hitting wall rep
    Sports injury and rehab specialist
    Writer
    Speaker

    If you go to USPTA.com, you can find a listing of tennis-related jobs that are looking for employees Obviously, most of these require a level of experience, and/or understanding and education to some degree. However, having a good understanding of the game and related equipment is imperative.

    Good luck!
     
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  23. tarheels2323

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    I'll probably end up doing something much like this. I really want to be able to stay in school for another 3 years (I'll go to grad school for journalism if I don't go to law school) to have fun and I do want to make money. I have already taught tennis for four years and although it's fun, it won't give me the means to the life that I plan on. I'm 19 by the way and I'm just glad that I've narrowed it down to two choices.
     
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  24. waves2ya

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    Dude - there's a big difference between scratching around for some bucks at the local tennis court (not to say some folks make pretty good $$$/lifestyle) and becoming a lawyer (granted bill-able hours and things to numerous to mention can make your day pretty hideous)...

    Here - from the New York Times:

    Street Scene; For New Lawyers, The Going Rate Has Gone Up

    By ELLEN ROSEN
    Published: September 1, 2006
    It's the annual changing of the new guard at the nation's law firms. The summer associates have wrapped up their stints while recent law school graduates are gearing up for their first year of work.

    And thanks to one firm, the new lawyers can expect higher pay than in the past. The going rate at large firms in New York has reached $145,000 -- apart from starting and year-end bonuses -- while the base salary in cities other than New York is approximately $10,000 lower, according to an annual study released Aug. 1 by the National Association for Law Placement.

    (rest available online)

    Insane, no...?
     
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  25. cak

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    The head tennis pro at our club has a law degree. :)

    Also there is going into retail tennis: running tennis shops, working for Wilson/Head/Volkl to develop and market tennis equipment or going for the player entourage type jobs: sports agent, trainer, sports massage therapist, tournament management.

    By the way, whoever said Ball Boy was kidding. Most pro tournaments have volunteer ball kids.
     
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    Sure if you want to bake in the sun 6 days a week and scronge for customers, lie to them.. "oh lookie here you're the next US Open champ"... and be the local ball feeder lol

    After a few years if you don't have skin cancer you'll probably find a new profession.
     
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    Plan for the worst, hope for the best...
     
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  28. Geezer Guy

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    Stay with Finance. You'll almost certainly fare much better income-wise, and you have loads of cash to spend on your tennis "passion".
     
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  29. tempura_MAKI

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    I am young so I am going to play for a college next fall after I graduate HS. I think I have potential, being a 4.5 player and dominating the courts on matches is a plus, especially since i'm 17 and rapidly improving. I play 15+ hrs a week. But I dont expect to go all the way with it unless its meant to be. Its a hobby for me not a career. Finance seems like a good career. Make your money with your job, and have tennis as a passionate hobby.
     
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  30. jeebeesus

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    u forgot tennis court bulider, net maker,ball factory worker and sales people.
    accessories like ball hoppers manufacturer and the list goes on.....
     
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  31. copticpsyd

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    I would like to be a sports psychologist.... Generpri was seeing one in florida i believe, helped him out a bit... but then psychologists can't play the game for you. I have my psychology degree but not state licensed yet :(
     
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