PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

9
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
212
WTA
RANKING
  • Age17
  • Born10 May 2000
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesNarre Warren, Victoria
  • Height175 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachRosie Aiava
  • Pro Since2015
FOLLOW
“I'm playing at a more consistent level against the top 250-120 players in the world and working hard on and off court getting ready for the clay season.”

— Destanee Aiava, 16 Apr 2018

» Aiava looking to continue improvement against top players

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

2017 150
2016 382
2015 674

Titles/Finals

Titles

2018 Osaka ITF

2017 Perth #2 ITF, Mornington ITF

Finals

2018 Canberra ITF

2016 Canberra ITF, Tweed Heads ITF

Destanee Aiava in the news

Fed Cup: Aussies’ final thoughts
Destanee Aiava (R) and Daria Gavrilova celebrate their victory in the doubles rubber to give Australia a 4-1 victory over Netherlands in the fed Cup World Group Play-off tie in Wollongong; Getty Images
4 hours ago

Following a 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in Wollongong, all members of the Australian Fed Cup team fronted the media and shared their thoughts on a winning weekend.
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Australia gunning for Fed Cup glory
The Australian Fed Cup team pose with the Aussie flag after winning their World Group Play-Off tie against the Netherlands in Wollongong; Getty Images
6 hours ago

Back in the World Group in 2019, Australia's Fed Cup team believes it can break a 45-year title drought in the international team competition.
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Fed Cup Day 2: Gavrilova seals victory for Australia
Daria Gavrilova celebrates after sealing a 3-1 victory for Australia in the Fed Cup World Group Play-off tie against Netherlands in Wollongong; Getty Images
13 hours ago

Daria Gavrilova cements a 3-1 lead for Australia with a straight-sets win over Quirine Lemoine, after Ash Barty subdued a dogged Lesley Kerkhove. Australia returns to the elite…
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Fed Cup draw: Stosur to lead Australia into battle
Sam Stosur; Getty Images
20 April, 2018

Sam Stosur will open Australia's Fed Cup World Group Play-off tie against Netherlands when she lines up against Lesley Kerkhove in the first singles rubber. Ash Barty will…
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