Tennis can be a very rewarding career path and the variety of on court careers the industry allows you to pursue gives you an opportunity to interact face to face with other people who love the game on a daily basis.
Here is a quick “snapshot” at some of the different types of on court careers you may consider pursuing:
- Teaching professionals or coaches—You can become a certified teaching professional, tennis director, or high school, college, or private tennis coach. Two organizations provide professional-level teaching certification: the Professional Tennis Registry (go to www.ptrtennis.org) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (go to www.uspta.org).
- Athletic trainers are integral members of the tennis player’s support team and necessary for maintaining the player’s health and well-being on the tour (see the National Athletic Trainers Association at www.nata.org).
- Sports science consultants and other health professionals are increasingly sought by the pro tours and individual players as well.
- Sports journalists—This career will get you as close to the tennis court as possible without actually being on it. If you love tennis and writing, there are many opportunities to write for a newspaper, magazine, or television.
- Sports photographers—The same opportunities exist for sports photographers as for journalists. What could be cooler than capturing the quintessential shot of the game-winning stroke or the exciting aftermath at a tournament final?
- Managers or owners of tennis entities, for example, as a tennis club or facility manager, tennis camp director, pro shop manager, or builder of tennis courts.