PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

  • Age21
  • 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

2021 310
2020 214
2019 197
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

Aussie women rewriting history in Australian Open 2022 qualifying
Jaimee Fourlis in action during Australian Open 2022 qualifying. Picture: Tennis Australia
11 January, 2022

Jaimee Fourlis is among seven Australians to advance to the second round in the Australian Open 2022 women's singles qualifying competition.
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Preston powers to qualifying win in Australian Open debut
Taylah Preston in Australian Open 2022 qualifying action. Picture: Getty Images
11 January, 2022

Australian wildcard Taylah Preston has recorded an incredible opening-round qualifying victory in her first Grand Slam appearance.
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Birrell creates history with Australian Open qualifying victory
Kimberly Birrell. Picture: Tennis Australia
10 January, 2022

Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell has scored a first-round win in the Australian Open 2022 women's qualifying singles competition.
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Australian Open 2022: 14 Aussie women set for qualifying
Lizette Cabrera and Ellen Perez. Pictures: Tennis Australia
10 January, 2022

A strong contingent of Aussie hopes feature in the Australian Open 2022 women's singles qualifying draw.
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