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

Four Australians into final qualifying round at Wimbledon
Marc Polmans. Picture: Getty Images
24 June, 2021

Astra Sharma, Priscilla Hon, Christopher O'Connell and Marc Polmans are all one win away from earning a coveted main draw spot at Wimbledon 2021.
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Wimbledon qualifying quests continue for 12 Aussies
Australian Arina Rodionova serves during last week's Nottingham final. Picture: Getty Images
23 June, 2021

With coveted main draw places at Wimbledon 2021 up for grabs, our Australians have lots to play for on day three of the singles qualifying competitions.
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Aussie women set for Wimbledon qualifying
Aussie hopes in Wimbledon qualifying include Storm Sanders, Astra Sharma, Maddison Inglis and Lizette Cabrera.
22 June, 2021

Eight Australians feature in the ladies qualifying singles draw at Wimbledon 2021.
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Rain delays Wimbledon qualifying
AUSSIE HOPES: Storm Sanders, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic will contest Wimbledon qualifying this week.
22 June, 2021

After inclement weather impacted day one of Wimbledon qualifying, nine Australian players will compete on day two.
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