The grind of a tennis player's life on tour

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In the world of tennis, an athlete who is not among the highest-ranked is just barely scrimping by, living a nomadic life in second-rate hotels while competing in tournaments like the Little Rock Open Challenger. Senior contributor Ted Koppel looks at the human toll tennis takes on those competing on the professional circuit. He sits down with Noah Rubin (whose highest ranking was 125th in the world), who opens up about the grind of life on the road, and about the success of his Instagram page, Behind the Racquet, which tells the stories of those who have made tennis their careers.

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20 thoughts on “The grind of a tennis player's life on tour

  1. All the ranking points are in Europe.
    No player is in the top 50 playing USTA tennis playing 30 Tournaments per year. That's what an idiot does. Look at Matteo Berrettini rank 435 in 2016 now ranked 8. He doesn't waste time with USTA tennis tournaments. Noah take a note out of his book. Europe is cheaper to travel in and has easier tournaments to win.

  2. I would much rather watch a Challenger like the Little Rock Open, where real ranking points are at stake, than a silly exhibition featuring the top players in meaningless practice matches. At the challengers you get to see hugely talented, hungry young players like Noah, and veteran players trying to reestablish their games. That's real tennis. Hang in there, Noah.

  3. The Illuminati cult controls ALL pro sports including the Olympics. If you don’t “sell your soul to the devil”…then you will never be at the top of the pyramid. It’s that simple. Don’t sell your soul aka our mind for this evil sinister cult to control…aka brain wash & mind control and so many of them are mentally destroyed in the long run for not doing what the cult wants them to do. Better to struggle & not make it to the top while keeping your mind in tact. Look at what the Illuminati cult has done to all the Disney star kid’s minds. BEWARE.

  4. Thanks for telling the World what it's really like. Heck I think many teaching pros make more money on balance than folks like him. I'm just a club hack, played high school varsity but I get it. It ain't no easy road.

  5. Most singles sports are rich man's sports, tennis is no different. Nadal, Federer and almost all the top 10-20 players have crews even during the grind stage and that's a big factor why they make it. They do one thing only. They play. Money is either from their parents or academy's or if they get lucky, they find early sponsors (which is normally a debt, repayable at some stage if the player does not reach the top and brand endorsement if he/she does).
    As a result poor player with neither of the above 3, even if they are exceptionally talented, can't deliver consistently. As logistics alone would continually break the focus from game. Dustin Brown is one such example. He's exceptionally talented who has beaten multiple seeded players on numerous occasions however lacks consistency and has still not broken in top 50. In his early days he used to travel in campervan to travel between tournaments in the European circuits.
    Thus most poorer players switch to doubles. Just to keep the money rolling.

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