Leaving the professional tennis circuit: exploratory study of experiences and reactions from elite female athletes

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Young, John Andrew, Pearce, Alan J, Kannai, Ruthi and Pain, Michelle (2006) Leaving the professional tennis circuit: exploratory study of experiences and reactions from elite female athletes. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40 (5). pp. 477-483. ISSN 0306-3674

Abstract

In 2002, Tennis Australia commissioned a report into the experiences of elite female past players on leaving the professional tennis circuit. Australian players who were in the top 800 of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) end of year rankings and who had left the professional circuit within the previous 15 years were asked by mail to respond to a questionnaire. The questionnaire asked players to describe their feelings about leaving the tour during the time leading up to leaving the tour to two years after retirement. The main findings of the study suggested that those who planned to leave the tour found the transition process easy, whereas those who did not plan to leave the tour found the process difficult. Most players (66%) did not regret leaving the tour, and, although the remaining players responded that they regretted leaving, none attempted a comeback. Tennis Australia has implemented strategies to assist current players on the professional tour based on the results of this study.

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Online ISSN: 1473-0480

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7733
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsm.2005.023341
Official URL http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/40/5/477
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords ResPubID22505. tennis circuit, female athletes, Tennis Australia, retirement from sport, regret, career change, transition, work
Citations in Scopus 14 - View on Scopus
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