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

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

Tough run for Aussies in finals
Storm Sanders snd Caroline Dolehide in Nottingham. Picture: Getty Images
18 hours ago

Australian players featured in finals in events in Great Britain, France and Spain this week.
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De Minaur out of Stuttgart
Alex de Minaur in Stuttgart. Picture: Getty Images
12 June, 2021

Alex de Minaur's run at an ATP 250 tournament in Germany is over, with the Australian beaten in a close quarterfinal.
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Social round-up: Celebrating titles and other milestones
Storm Sanders, right, celebrates winning an ITF doubles title with American Caty McNally. Picture: Instagram
13 May, 2021

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: Spirited efforts and old school throwbacks
Alex de Minaur in action in Madrid. Picture: Getty Images
6 May, 2021

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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