PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

9
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
201
WTA
RANKING
  • Age19
  • Born10 May 2000
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesNarre Warren, Victoria
  • Height175 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNicole Kriz
  • Pro Since2015
FOLLOW
“I’m just taking it one match at a time, trying to get better each day.”

— Destanee Aiava, 8 Oct 2019

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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 ITF

2018 Osaka ITF

2017 Perth #2 ITF, Mornington ITF

Finals

2018 Canberra ITF, Cairns ITF

2016 Canberra ITF, Tweed Heads ITF

Destanee Aiava in the news

Inglis, Bolt top seeds for AO Play-off
Maddison Inglis (Getty Images)
8 December, 2019

Maddison Inglis and Alex Bolt head the 16-player fields for the men's and women's AO Play-off events at Melbourne Park, beginning Monday.
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Australian Open 2020 Play-off under way next week
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 06: Maddison Inglis of Australia plays a backhand shot against Danielle Collins of the USA during day one of the 2019 Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on January 06, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
6 December, 2019

Maddison Inglis and Alex Bolt will head the women's and men's fields at next week's Australian Open 2020 Play-off.
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Biggest movers: Australian women soar in 2019 rankings
(L-R) Kaylah McPhee, Lizette Cabrera, Astra Sharma and Maddison Inglis all recorded career-high rankings in 2019. (Getty Images)
14 November, 2019

In a banner season for Australian women's tennis, 14 of our players enjoyed significant rankings rises to end 2019 in a far higher position than one year earlier.
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Hon on target in title defence
Priscilla Hon at Wimbledon qualifying (Getty Images)
24 October, 2019

Top seed Priscilla Hon joins six Australians in Bendigo quarterfinals, including qualifier Storm Sanders.
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