PLAYER PROFILE

Destanee Aiava

  • Age18
  • Born10 May 2000
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesNarre Warren, Victoria
  • Height175 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNicole Kriz
  • 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

2018 249
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

Stellar year celebrated at Australian Tennis Awards
(L-R) John Millman, Destanee Aiava, Rinky Hijikata and Sam Stosur at the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards (Andrew Tauber/Tennis Australia)
26 November, 2018

Ash Barty, Alex de Minaur, Casey Dellacqua, Darren Cahill, Destanee Aiava and Rinky Hijikata were among 16 award winners on Monday night at the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis…
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Dellacqua serves as mentor during WTA camp
Casey Dellacqua (centre) joins several of Ausralia's top female tennis players at the Tennis Australia's WTA skills development camp in Melbourne.
22 November, 2018

Sixteen of Australia's most promising female tennis players are this week taking part in a skills development camp in Melbourne - with former star Casey Dellacqua lending…
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Mendez progresses in Canberra
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30 October, 2018

Teenage wildcard Seone Mendez reaches the second round at the Pro Tour event in Canberra, marking the first time she has won a main draw match at an ITF $60,000-level event.
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Biggest movers: Popyrin cracks top 150
Alexei Popyrin in action at the ATP Swiss Indoors in Basel; Getty Images
30 October, 2018

Alexei Popyrin continues his rapid ascent in the rankings after reaching the second round of the ATP Basel event as a qualifier. Priscilla Hon is also nearing the top 150 after…
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