As you develop, your attention may turn to thinking about what opportunities there are in to stay within tennis and build a career in the sport.
While playing tennis professionally is often the preferred choice, there are also plenty of other opportunities to have a career in the sport, such as professional coaching or officiating.
Another option is to stay in education an study for a degree while continuing to play tennis.
We have lots of information on combining university and tennis either in the UK or the USA so you can decide whether this is the right path for you. We also have advice on how to choose and apply for a university.
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A player without a world ranking should look to enter Futures events.
As players move up the rankings they enter Challenger and then ATP Tour events.
Futures events are probably the best place to start; they consist of four weeks of tournaments in the same country.
In the women's game the tournaments are graded according to the prize money that they offer.
A player without a world ranking should look to enter a $10,000 event.
As a player's ranking progresses they would enter $25,000, $50,000 and $75,000 events.
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