Re: Going to College or Turning Pro? Making and informed Decision!
(1) The Monetary Value of a College Tennis Scholarship
• The average yearly total = approximately $90,000*
• The four-year total = approximately $360,000*
The average annual costs for playing the pro tennis tours = c. $143,000
In 2009, you would have to have been ranked 119 in the world on the WTA Tour (Pauline Parmentier, who made $142,034) to simply break even from prize money alone playing women’s professional tennis at the highest, most competitive, level.
In 2009, the number 250th ranked player was an amateur (so she had no prize money); No. 249 was Natalia Orlova, who earned $16,202. The 500th ranked player was Sara Del Barrio Aragon, who earned $9,333. These are the figures for what they earned, not accounting for what they spent in expenses while competing.