Originally Posted by Luca Van Diesel
not only it doesn't pay the bills but it's actually an enormous expense.... yea read every day interview to every player, even in the lower echelons, one thing I'd always ask these players is who's actually financing them.
Well for some players they have endorsements, sponsors, and many have family money
But for many other players, myself included, you must self-fund. Coaching and doing other work like construction or handyman work is what I do now. Gotta hustle and get dat paper. Then you save up for several years and then go for it.
What you gotta do really is plan a whole year's schedule and stick to it. All this flying from Brazil to US to Taiwan etc. every week really racks up the bills.
My plan is to do the Dustin Brown. Save up money and buy a van/RV and live out of that, driving to tournaments. Maybe stay in a hotel for as long as you are in the event, but after that, you are sleeping in the vehicle. Doing this, you can keep your expenses under $20,000 a year if you are in a country like the US where you can play 20-30 events a year w/o leaving the country.
Of course the US is fucking massive, it may be easier to do this in Europe with much less travelling to tournaments, but with gas at under $2 a gallon, it might just even out at the end.
For instance, I am 26 now and want to save up until age 30/31 and then have enough to do 2-3 years on the future/challenger tour and see what's going on. Of course my game level is not to that level now, which I why I also play local Men's Opens to increase my playing level. We will see what's going on over the next 4-5 years and if it works out. If not, well, time to get a more lucrative job, find a wife and have a family, but at least take a shot here.