PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

10
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
222
WTA
RANKING
  • Age18
  • 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, Cairns ITF

2016 Canberra ITF, Tweed Heads ITF

Destanee Aiava in the news

Biggest movers: Tomic returns to top 100
Bernard Tomic celebrates his victory at the ATP tournament in Chengdu, China; Getty Images
2 October, 2018

Bernard Tomic bolted almost 50 places up the ATP rankings this week to return to both the world's top 100 and Australian top five.
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Polmans, Purcell, Fourlis progress in US Open qualifying
Marc Polmans; Getty Images
23 August, 2018

Young Aussies Marc Polmans and Max Purcell, regular doubles partners, won their first-round qualifying matches on Wednesday to advance at the US Open. Teenager Jaimee Fourlis…
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Barty leads Australia’s US Open charge
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 10:  Ashleigh Barty of Australia; Getty Images
22 August, 2018

Ash Barty is the No.18 seed at next week's US Open, with fellow Aussies Daria Gavrilova and Nick Kyrgios seeded 25th and 30th respectively.
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Tomic v Kokkinakis in US Open qualifying
Bernard Tomic (L) and Thanasi Kokkinakis; Getty Images
21 August, 2018

Six Aussie men and five Aussie women will play this week's qualifying tournament at Flushing Meadows, chasing a spot in the US Open main draw. James Duckworth secured his…
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