PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

9
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
198
WTA
RANKING
  • Age20
  • Born10 May 2000
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesNarre Warren, Victoria
  • Height175 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNicole Kriz
  • Pro Since2015
FOLLOW
“I’m improving each match this week and everything’s in good nick at the moment.”

— Destanee Aiava, 7 Feb 2020

» Aiava books Launceston semifinal

On court

  • Won the singles and doubles events at the 2011 Australian Optus Championships
  • In 2012, selected to represent Australia at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament in Paris; she went on to win the tournament. Her prize was a opportunity to hit with 22-time Grand Slam Champion Steffi Graf
  • Went a sparkling 41-7 on the ITF junior circuit in 2014, winning five titles (including the U18 Canadian World Ranking Event Montreal)
  • Reached the third round of the Australian Open junior championships in 2014 and 2015
  • Represented Australia in Junior Fed Cup play in 2014 and 2015; both years competed in the competition finals, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (2014) and Madrid, Spain (2015)
  • In just her fourth ever pro tournament, reached the quarterfinals of the $15,000 ITF event in Melbourne.
  • Upset No.3 seed Sara Tomic en route to the semifinals of the 18/u Australian Championships in 2015
  • Advanced to her first final at the Canberra Claycourt International #1 in March 2016 after beginning the week as a qualifier
  • Made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open at age 16, becoming the first player to be born in 2000 or later to compete in a major

Off court

  • goal is to one day become world No.1 which inspires her to continually improve her game, much like her hero Roger Federer
  • mother is a former rugby player; father is the Australian UFC coach
  • started out playing soccer but got kicked off her junior team because “I wouldn’t pass the ball”
  • nickname is ‘Des’

Year-end singles ranking history

2018 249
2017 150
2016 382
2015 674

Titles/Finals

Titles

2019 Canberra 25K ITF

2018 Osaka 25K ITF

2017 Perth #2 25K ITF, Mornington 25K ITF

Finals

2020 Launceston 25K ITF

2018 Canberra ITF, Cairns ITF

2016 Canberra ITF, Tweed Heads ITF

Destanee Aiava in the news

UTR Pro Tennis Series: Many happy returns for Vukic and Aiava
Aleksandar Vukic in Sydney
19 July, 2020

Delighted to return to a competitive setting, Aleksandar Vukic and Destanee Aiava emerge victorious in UTR Pro Tennis Series finals in Sydney.
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UTR Pro Tennis Series: Polmans, Aiava win Melbourne titles
CHAMPIONS: Marc Polmans and Destanee Aiava won the UTR Pro Tennis Series in Melbourne this week.
2 July, 2020

Marc Polmans and Destanee Aiava win UTR Pro Tennis Series titles in Melbourne.
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Social round-up: Social distancing hits, showcasing skills and puppy play
SOCIAL DISTANCING: Lizette Cabrera, Priscilla Hon and Kimberly Birrell at the Queensland Tennis Centre. Picture: Instagram
21 May, 2020

What have Australia's top-ranked players been up to? We've collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date.
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Social round-up: Players starting to return to court
SMILES ALL ROUND: Ash Barty on the practice court. Picture: Getty Images
14 May, 2020

What have Australia's top-ranked players been up to? We've collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date.
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