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

Young, J. A., Pearce, A. J., Kane, R. and Pain, M. 2006, Leaving the professional tennis circuit : exploratory study of experiences and reactions from elite female athletes, British journal of sports medicine, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 477-483, doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2005.023341.

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Title Leaving the professional tennis circuit : exploratory study of experiences and reactions from elite female athletes
Author(s) Young, J. A.
Pearce, A. J.
Kane, R.
Pain, M.
Journal name British journal of sports medicine
Volume number 40
Issue number 5
Start page 477
End page 483
Total pages 7
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-05
ISSN 0306-3674
1473-0480
Keyword(s) elite female athlete
professional tennis circuit
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bjsm.2005.023341
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, BMJ Publishing Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045200

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