Tea's Tennis Pro Circuit Fund 2020
My Story: Hi! My name is Tea Jandric, I am born on October 8, 1996 and I am a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi where I trained and competed for Ole Miss Women’s Tennis Team. I am originally from Zagreb, Croatia where I currently reside and train. I have been playing tennis since the age of 7, where I was first introduced to the game completely randomly, but it became my greatest desire instantaneously, and has been my greatest passion since.
As you may be aware, tennis is an exciting and challenging sport that requires a lot of dedication, discipline and hard work. It has given me numerous opportunities over the years, and I have been extremely fortunate to have a supportive family who have empowered me to reach the elite level I find myself at today. However, pursuing a professional tennis career is extremely expensive, requires a lot of travel which can surely add up over the course of a year, and my limited personal resources do not make up for the inadequacies that I commonly face so this is why I seek your support.
I am inviting you to take part in the development of the first-class sport but also inviting you to help the growth of an enthusiastic and devoted young person and athlete. My goal is simple and humble. I plan on being the best that I can be and push my limits every single day on and off the court.
TENNIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS PRIOR COLLEGE 2003 – 2015
- Ranked No. 1 player in Croatia U18
- Singles National Champion U18
- Doubles National Champion Seniors, U18, U16, U14 and U12
- Mixed Doubles National Champion Seniors and U18
- Member of the Croatian National Team U18, U16, U14 and U12
- Member of the National Team competing in European Junior Championship U18
- Declared a Categorized Athlete (IV) by the Croatian Olympic Committee 2013-2017
- Member of the National Team representing on EYOF Olympic Youth Games U16
- Club (HTK Zagreb) Team Champion Seniors and U14
- Ranked in Top 3 throughout the age of 12 to 18 consistently
TENNIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN COLLEGE 2015 – 2019
University of Mississippi – Oxford, MS
Received a Full Scholarship from Ole Miss to represent the Women’s Tennis Team from 2015 – 2019
- 2018-2019 (SENIOR):
• Earned All-SEC Second Team honors
- Got named ITA’s Most Improved Senior
- • Second-best record at 21-9 on the year, going 11-3 in the spring and 8-1 in SEC on #2
- • Go 4-1 against ranked players, including three in a row, beginning with knocking off No. 4 Contreras (Vanderbilt)
- • Executed six-match and five-match win streaks, winning 11 of the last 12 matches at the No. 2 Singles
- • Also ranked as high as No. 31 in doubles
- 2017-2018 (JUNIOR)
• Earned All-SEC Second Team honors
• 21-10 overall record, 14-5 in dual matches
• Went 6-4 in the SEC singles on No. 3 Singles
- 2016-2017 (SOPHOMORE)
• Helped lead the Rebels to their ninth straight NCAA appearance
• Clinched the Rebels' first win against then-No. 19 LSU to send the team to the ITA National Team Indoor as the first No. 4 seed to advance in the history of the event
• Posted a 17-14 overall singles record, 12-8 in dual matches
- 2015-2016 (FRESHMAN)
• Helped lead the Rebels to their eight straight NCAA appearance
• Posted a 15-11 overall record, 9-5 in dual matches
• Went 7-3 at No. 4 singles
• Won a big match at No. 4 singles to set up her teammate for the 4-3 clinch against National Champion Stanford
• Clinched the win over Tennessee during the regular season
- Most SEC wins (9-4), best regular season SEC finish (5th) since 2012 and final ranking of No. 8 in the Nation
- Won a big match at A&M to help the Rebels grab their first ever win in College Station
- Clinched the win against Mississippi State
- Clinched the doubles point and the match in the Rebels’ second win against Georgia to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinal
EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
University of Mississippi- University, MS
Bachelor of Art in Psychology GPA: 3.8
Minors: Business Administration and Society & Health
- Chancellor’s Honor Roll 2015/2016/2019
- Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll 2017/2018/2019
- ITA Scholar Athlete 2016/2017/2018/2019
- Dean’s Honor Roll 2016/2017/2018
- Athletic Directors Honor Roll 2017
These awards and acknowledgements demonstrate my determination, as well as the hard work I put in when it comes to achievement of my goals. These past four years at Ole Miss and experiences that I have gained have inspired me and have made me more passionate about tennis than ever before. Furthermore, they have aided further develop my skills that will enable me to succeed on the professional tour if given the opportunity. Skills such as time managing, accountability, and commitment will certainly help me succeed on tour; though, my passion for the game is what helps me maintain a positive outlook and the perseverance needed to succeed.
Pro Tennis Financial Responsibilities
The beginning of professional tennis is challenging because a significant amount of money is required to jumpstart a career. Moreover, it is estimated that to play a full schedule, minimum of 20 to 30 tournaments annually, it can cost anywhere between $35,000-$40,000 per year, which is a very rough estimate. (Approximately cost for a week (one tournament) is about $1,500-$2,000; depending on the location of a tournament and travel distance between tournaments - Traveling without a coach)
Expenses on Tour: On tour, the main contributing cost factors are:
• Travel (Flights, Trains, Gas etc.)
• Miscellaneous (e.g. stringing, court fee, massage)
Expenses for training at home:
• Tennis training
• Strength & conditioning
• Mental training
• Physical rehab (e.g. massages)
There are two stages on the professional circuit: the ITF circuit, and the WTA circuit. The ITF circuit is what tennis players must first start out on in order to gather points that will then allow them to compete on the WTA tour. Initially, I will not be able to financially support myself on the ITF circuit due to the small prize money offered, but it will be the necessary start. If you choose to help fund me, your big-hearted support will allow me to play sufficient amount of ITF tournaments, so that I can then hopefully accumulate enough points to start playing WTA tournaments. After I consistently start making WTA tournaments, I will need considerably less help, as the prize money I make will allow me to cover most of my expenses, as well as attaining official sponsors who will help me build my positive team and help propel me toward even more successful career.
Strategy & Conclusion:
This upcoming year (2020) is a perfect time to take part in supporting me, as I am coming off my most prosperous season so far. As I graduated from college, I came to realization that now it is the perfect time for me to put all my devotion and effort into becoming a better tennis player and achieving worthy results on a pro tour. My ultimate aim is to reach Top 100 and be playing the Grand Slam Tournaments (US Open, Wimbledon, etc.), but in order to do this I must start at the bottom and collect enough points to get there. I am certain with my hard work and your generous support I can set myself to a good start in pursuing a professional tennis career and give myself the best chance of attaining my goals and reaching my full potential. I am ambitious and excited to see where my hard work and potential can take me.
My plan is to play 25-30 tournaments per year combined with 2-4 weeks of intense tennis practice and fitness training in between series of tournaments. My first tournaments of the year will be in the middle of February and I am planning on playing 2-3 tournaments each month. In terms of ranking, I am aiming to reach the Top 600 players within a year, and Top 300 within 2 years of playing, ultimately being able to enter the Grand Slam tournaments in the next three to four years.
Tennis is my true passion and a dream that with the support of individuals and organization like yourself I can attempt and I can succeed. Your contribution will make a significant difference in my life and my career. If I were to receive help for all of my expenses (especially travel and hospitality) it would be a huge benefit beyond what I can initially expect, and for which I would be everlastingly thankful. Nonetheless, at this time, any sort of contribution or support, no matter how little, is significant and certainly deeply appreciated.
Thank you very much for taking your time and contemplating this, and please contact me if you have any questions. I would greatly appreciate you helping me share this with others and spread the word via social media and email.
e-mail: [email protected]
All the best,