The real cost of being a tennis pro isn't what you'd expect

Retiring Australian tennis participant Sam Groth has given an perception into the monetary pressure for gamers on the skilled circuit, and it’s not fairly.

Groth has revealed life as a tennis pro isn’t as glamorous because it appears, and that it was costing him between $250,000 and $315,000 a yr to fund himself.

The 30-yr-previous says he has to pay for his personal flights, motels, meals, and he has to cowl the identical bills for his coach and his fiancée when she travels with him.

On prime of that, gamers have to pay their coach’s wage, which Groth says is round $three,one hundred a week plus bonuses.

That’s not even taking medical payments and the excessive tax charges across the globe under consideration.

“It’s a self-run enterprise,” Groth informed The Howie Video games podcast.

“Bills are excessive.

“I spend forty weeks a yr away, so it’s forty weeks of being on vacation principally.

“Inform me what it prices you to go on a two-week vacation after which multiply it by 20 and that’s my bills personally, plus my coach, plus his wage, plus the weeks the place my fiancée Britt travels with me, her meals and her flights.

“The good years you generate profits and also you don’t fear about it… Different occasions you’re considering ‘how the hell I pays my coach’s invoice that’s coming by means of on the finish of the week if I don’t win this subsequent match?’”

Groth introduced down the curtain on his profession following the Australian Open and is contemplating enjoying in Aussie Guidelines competitors in Victoria.


Turned pro: 2006
Highest rating: No.fifty three (August 10, 2015)
Greatest grand slam singles outcomes: Australian Open third spherical (2015), Wimbledon third spherical (2015, gained a set towards Roger Federer)
Different: Holds report for quickest ever serve (263.four kph at Busan Open 2012 Challenger event)