Would you take up a job as a pro hitting partner?

flymeng

Semi-Pro
Let's say you have a full time job making $100K/year as an engineer. You were a pretty good collegiate player and not settled down yet. Would you take up a job as a pro hitting partner and travel around the world for half the salary? A good example is Michael Joyce, Maria's ex hitting partner. Also, name the players you would like and NOT like to work for.
 
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Alchemy-Z

Hall of Fame
is my Travel/Food expenses included with my 50K?

if so I would do it because I spend most of my money on travel anyway and hitting a ball for 50K and meeting Pro's would be a great life.

plus if you are making 50K and not settled down always on the road (you don't need a house or even a car really) so you could save up tons of money you would be spending on Bills as the engineer.
 

flymeng

Semi-Pro
is my Travel/Food expenses included with my 50K?

if so I would do it because I spend most of my money on travel anyway and hitting a ball for 50K and meeting Pro's would be a great life.

plus if you are making 50K and not settled down always on the road (you don't need a house or even a car really) so you could save up tons of money you would be spending on Bills as the engineer.
All expenses are paid. $50K is beer money.:)
 

SStrikerR

Hall of Fame
Hitting partner, assuming travel expenses are paid. I love playing tennis, so being paid to do it would be awesome.
 

klu375

Semi-Pro
Let's say you have a full time job making $100K/year as an engineer. You were a pretty good collegiate player and not settled down yet. Would you take up a job as a pro hitting partner and travel around the world for half the salary? A good example is Michael Joyce, Maria's ex hitting partner. Also, name the players you would like and NOT like to work for.
Michael Joice was not exactly a pretty good college player or an engineer. He was a journeyman professional tennis player. If you like to read good prose you may enjoy this piece:
http://www.esquire.com/features/sports/the-string-theory-0796
 

flymeng

Semi-Pro
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Don Felder

Semi-Pro
In theory, yeah, it'd be fun. In practice though, in today's ultra-competitive job market, it's pretty tough to bow out of a solid professional-track young career like engineering, lawyering, doctoring for a year or three and expect someone to be interested in hiring you when you get back.

Unless you get lucky and interview with a tennis nut, most people will at worst think you're a goofball or at best not have any use for someone who should be in year 3, 4, 5, or 6 of his professional development but is in year 1.5 or 2 because of his little sporting detour. So as a practical matter, it wouldn't be a very good long-term idea imo.
 

papertank

Hall of Fame
Getting paid 50k to travel around the world and hit with amazing tennis players? That would be insane. I doubt you'd actually be paid that much money as well as travel expenses though.
 

flymeng

Semi-Pro
Getting paid 50k to travel around the world and hit with amazing tennis players? That would be insane. I doubt you'd actually be paid that much money as well as travel expenses though.
$50K USD is not a lot of dough now a these days. I saw Djoker's current hitting partner (Dusan Vemic) played at a futures tournament in Florida a few year back. I am pretty sure he is getting more than that.
 

autumn_leaf

Hall of Fame
depends on how much the traveling is worth to them. I just had a roommate that is an engineering professor from europe and a visiting professor for MIT researching the diffusion of hydrogen in metals. He says he gets taxed about 52-54% of his pay so I can't imagine his take home being any more than 50k after tax. He does love the travel it allows him so it's a major perk for him.

i would probably do it and do some research/publish during the off season when the player takes a vacation so I can say I had a continued to make progress in the field while playing tennis ^.^
 

HunterST

Hall of Fame
Pretty sure most players don't pay for a hitting partner to travel around with them. They just play with other pros, local college players, etc.

If such a position did exist, and my expense were paid for, I'd do it for free.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
I would just buy a bunch of bunk beds and list my mt everest house as a hostel on hostelworld and make money that way.
 
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