PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

7
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
153
WTA
RANKING
  • Age17
  • Born10 May 2000
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesNarre Warren, Victoria
  • Height151 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachAndrea Stoltenberg
  • Pro Since2015
FOLLOW
“I’ll always remember my first win on the WTA in Brisbane, and hopefully I can go even further in the tournament this time.”

— Destanee Aiava, 22 Dec 2017

» Brisbane wildcards for Aiava, Tomljanovic, Thompson, Ebden

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

2016 382
2015 674

Titles/Finals

Titles

2017 Perth #2 ITF, Mornington ITF

Finals

2016 Canberra ITF, Tweed Heads ITF

Destanee Aiava in the news

Aiava gives top seed Halep a scare
Destanee Aiava launches into a serve against the world No.1.
16 January, 2018

Tomljanovic and Cabrera were edged in openers at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.
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Aussies dealt manageable Brisbane draw
Ash Barty at the Brisbane International
30 December, 2017

No.8 seed Ash Barty leads a healthy contingent of nine Aussies across the women's and men's draws at Brisbane International 2018.
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Molik, Dokic challenge Aussie hopefuls
Destanee Aiava in action at the Australian Open Play-off; Getty Images
29 December, 2017

Alicia Molik and Jelena Dokic believe the time is right for Australian young guns Destanee Aiava and Jaimee Fourlis to begin making their mark on the international stage.
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Brisbane wildcards for Aiava, Tomljanovic, Thompson, Ebden
Destanee Aiava celebrates her win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round of the Brisbane International; Getty Images
22 December, 2017

Destanee Aiava will return to the site of her breakout WTA tournament, where she will be joined be fellow Aussie wildcards Ajla Tomljanovic, Jordan Thompson and Matt Ebden.
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