How much do tennis pros make? Prize money earned from Futures Tennis Events

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  1. 10ismom

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  2. PowerPlay

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    Wow - such an eye opener. How do kids make it in this business? Surely the USTA helps out the American players with travel? I read somewhere that Li Na was bankrolled by the Chinese government when she was starting out. I wonder if that happens here in the US?
     
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  3. sureshs

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    Nishikori was funded by the head of Honda or Toyota, I don't remember who.

    A 16 year old table tennis playing girl is being funded by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.

    The USTA and the USOC fund American players, who also get private sponsorships.
     
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  4. samurai75

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    one can always dream right. but the truth is most kids will quit tennis after high school. The ones good enough to play in college will quit after they graduate also. only the best will be able to play itf and challengers and then only a handful will make it on the actual tour. its really like any corporation, all the money is at the top 100 players. Most of these kids will eventually pick up tennis again later in life and end up as a 4.0-5.0 league player.
     
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    yup, the rich get richer. Story of the world.
     
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  6. floridatennisdude

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    Most don't make it. You need to have either an unending flow of family money or an agent who can secure sponsorship dollars which, in America, are scarce. It would be nice if the USTA picked up the tab for travel, but...they don't. Unless you are in their HP program, the USTA doesn't budget for you.
     
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