Testimonials

Testimonials

Testimonials about the AAA service

Aaron Clissold Aaron Clissold

To continue chasing the dream of becoming a professional tennis player, or taper down competitive play in order to continue with education is a decision most Australian tennis players are faced during the final years of high school. This was true for me in 2008 when I finished high school and needed to take the time to make a serious decision that would impact my future. I didn’t want to stop playing tennis at a high level – and thanks to college tennis, I didn’t have to.

Andrea Swope (nee Ho) Andrea Swope (nee Ho)

University of Arkansas (1996-2000)

Andrea was the #1 ranked junior in Australia. She represented Australia, won ITF junior events and competed in junior events all over the world, including the Grand Slams. She is 5th on the all-time career match wins list, 6th for most wins in a single season with 34, and 10th for career winning percentage for the Razorbacks.

I wish they had something like Aussie Athletes Agency when I decided to go to college. It definitely would have made things a lot easier.
I decided to attend college in the US because I wanted to continue playing tennis at a highly competitive level, as well as obtaining a college degree, and eventually my masters. Playing college tennis gave me the opportunity to travel extensively throughout America, and the chance to compete against players from all over the world. When you compete for a college team, you become a member of that family/community. Some of my closest friends are those that were made during my college career. I would HIGHLY recommend playing college sports to anyone!

Bojana Bobusic Bojana Bobusic

My name is Bojana Bobusic and I attended the University of California, Berkeley from 2005-2009. I was a member of the Cal Women’s tennis team and studied a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Sociology. I reached a career high collegiate singles ranking of #15 and as a team we reached the National Championship final in both 2008 and 2009. 

David Sofaer David Sofaer

I was luckily enough to play many junior ITF tournaments and had a decent junior ranking which led to many college coaches emailing and calling me about going to play with a scholarship in the USA.

My goal since i was a kid was to win grand slams and become professional however this only comes true to very few individuals, especially to crack the top 100 within a few years on tour. So i decided to look up college tennis and what it was about. There was not much information about it in Australia, however it was huge in the US and all the top junior players were all looking forward for college tennis. I was even below the level of these players so i thought that college must be for me too, if these guys arnt going professional now then i dont think i should.

Jarrad Bunt Jarrad Bunt

University of Arkansas - Little Rock (2000-2004)

I played NCAA Division 1 tennis at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and graduated with a degree in Exercise Science. Since finishing up I have gone on to coach at Tennis NSW and Tennis Australia in the National Academy in New South Wales.

I believe that the College system is a great pathway, whether it be a stepping stone towards a pro career or to continue playing the game you love and get an education at the same time. College Tennis is a great competition and the team atmosphere makes it intense and exciting. The training is intense and you are playing matches week in week out during the season. I have friends from all over the world and have many great memories. I highly recommend this pathway.

Jarryd Chaplin Jarryd Chaplin

Jarryd Chaplin- A member of the Australian Institute of Sport in 2009, Represented Australia in teams from age 12-18 including Junior Davis Cup, World Youth Cup, American Tour. Reached an ITF Junior ranking of #72, Winner of 16’s Optus Australian Nationals, Semi-finalist of 3 Pro circuit doubles events. Now finished the 2011/12 sophmore year at University of Tennessee which has been the most fulfilling experience of my career, the electricity of playing a high stakes college dual match is something you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Playing for a community, team, school and yourself makes every moment on the court so much more meaningful. The biggest realization for me is that collegiate athletics is a pathway to go on to the professional ranks along with developing life skills that I would never have learned prematurely entering the pro circuit.

A quote from Head coach Sam Winterbotham after I clinched to beat rival SEC foe LSU 4-3.

This is what we're telling the team," said head coach Sam Winterbotham. "We've got to be tough. We've got to be tougher than everybody else because that's the difference in these matches. I thought Jarryd was a perfect example of that."

Joey Swaysland Joey Swaysland

I feel this pathway is a great way to set yourself up as a tennis player and life after tennis, however for some people it can be easy to get sucked into the whole college life. College is all about making the most of your opportunities, you have everything here to make it as a player and to be a successful student, however, you need to capitalise on everything that is thrown at you. Most importantly college is a great opportunity for me to further my tennis aswell as having something to have after my career has finished.

John Peers John Peers

Middle Tennessee State University & Baylor University (2008-2011)

"The path to college was an important decision for me to make, because ultimately, it led me to where I am today. When I started year twelve, I did not have any idea that I would eventually be playing tennis in college until someone mentioned that it would be a good way to develop my game and see America. After completing year twelve, I was still too small and not mature enough to handle a full schedule that comes with playing professional tennis; however, playing in college gave me the opportunity to develop my skills and mature into someone that could handle life on tour.

Kieran Thompson Kieran Thompson

2012

The college experience in America has endless opportunities and is full of excitement. However, it is essential to get the right advice upfront that will enable you to get to the College that best suits your needs. The challenge is made easier with recruitment help to find the College that is the best fit for you, complete the endless paperwork, and pass through admissions.

Kristen Truscott

University of Purdue - High Jump (2001-2002)

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Kristen Truscott was consistently ranked in the top 3 high jumpers in Australia in her junior career. She competed for Purdue University in the Big 10 Conference and was nationally ranked on the NCAA circuit. She holds a Bachelor of Business degree and continues to share her passion for the sport through mentoring and coaching today.

"Taking a scholarship in the USA for track and field was one of the best decisions I have made. Through being recruited, many opportunities were presented to further my high jumping abilities which I didn't have available in my home environment. In the decision making process, I considered my options carefully then decided that the USA college system was my best system to pursue both my athletic and career ambitions"

Mark Williams Mark Williams

Baylor University (1998-2001)

Mark Williams was a perennial top 3 Australian junior. He was selected in Australian touring teams and playing extensively on the ITF circuit. He achieved All-American status at Baylor University and was a yearly All-Big-12 selection for the Bears as part of their tennis team.

"The US College system gave me 4 years of highly competitive tennis and a university degree at the end of it that gave me options upon it's completion. I had success as a junior and on the professional stage before embarking on a college career, but I knew that it was the right investment long term. The support we received as international athletes was second to none and playing tennis in a Davis Cup atmosphere every match is something you can't experience anywhere else!"

Michael Look Michael Look

UCLA (2005-2009)

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Michael Look was the #1 ranked junior in Australia and won multiple ITF and national championships on all surfaces before furthering his career in the US college system at UCLA. As a Bruin he completed a double major and was chosen as the 2009 Scholar Athlete of the Year for the Pac 10 conference. Since graduating he has enjoyed considerable success on the professional tour, halving his ranking each of the first 2 years on the tour, with 2 singles and 3 doubles titles.

"Pursuing college athletics was the best and most fulfilling decision I ever made. It allowed me to further both my education and tennis career at the highest level. The development of my tennis at college gave me a competitive edge entering the pro level granting me a physical and mental maturity most do not begin with. Now, not only do I feel secure in my options after my sporting career but I gained incredible experiences and friends for life."

Michelle Brycki Michelle Brycki

Playing college tennis has by been the best experience of my life, hands down. I would recommend it to absolutely every young Australian tennis player as something that is well worth working towards. What many young players don’t realise, is that college tennis doesn’t have to be a ‘back-up’ plan to going pro. Many players who have played college tennis have gone on to have prosperous professional careers. It is a stepping stone towards going pro for some.

So whether or not you do in fact want to go pro, the four years you spend playing college tennis for a team not only hones your tennis skills in an intense and highly motivated environment, it places you in an environment in which you obtain so much more.

Strahinja Bobusic Strahinja Bobusic

University of Georgia (Tennis) 2003-2006

Strahinja Bobusic won Australian Junior National titles and had a top 100 ITF World junior ranking. He also consistently represented Australia throughout his junior career. After his collegiate career Strahinja competed on the professional tennis circuit, winning a doubles title.

During my last year of high school my coach Paul Kilderry recommended that the college system would be a good pathway to develop my tennis. I had to get stronger  physically and needed a better base to compete at the professional level. The college system gave me all the things I needed for my tennis as well as a valuable education. Overall, I played against, and with, some fantastic players who are now on the professional circuit. I came out of the college system with a National Championship and an education, and would strongly recommend all juniors to go down this road.

Todd Volmari Todd Volmari

2011

Hi, I'm Todd Volmari and am currently studying Electrical Engineering under a tennis scholarship at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. When deciding what I wanted to do with my life once I had finished year 12, I hit a cross road. Should I continue playing the sport I love, part time (as I would need to work majority of the time to raise sufficient funds to cover the costs of such a demanding sport), or do I chuck it all in and attend full time university in Australia. I also had to think about my future with tennis, what happens if I attain an injury and can't play anymore; what will I have to fall back on? I knew I didn't want to become a coach for the rest of my life. Therefore a choice that really stood out was the American college system which for me sounded too good to be true! Continue playing tennis while still attaining a great degree at the end of the four years.