Barry Buss A full week has passed since the story broke. One would be hard pressed to find a member of the tennis industry more ubiquitous than Justin. The ATP and TC only put out statements through a spokesman when asked, and they are not found on any of their media platforms. And this is regarding the felony arrest of a board member and top commentator!
As a junior at UCLA, he won both the singles and doubles titles and lost only one match during the year. The success convinced him it was time to leave college and compete in professional tournaments. They have to pay their own money to get to tournaments and only make money when they win matches.
Once you leave the collegiate ranks, you lose a lot of the built-in support that college provides. There were a ton of expenses — last minute plane tickets, hotels.
He added that he would have found a way to make it to tournaments somehow without the grant, but that it helped him play more freely to not worry about money as much. ATP Tour level tournaments are then in tiers: , , The are the largest tournaments outside of the four Grand Slams.
He sends the footage to Tennis Channel, who has someone edit it.
MarketWatch: How much do you spend on travel each year? MarketWatch: How often do you stay in hotels and how often at Airbnbs? McDonald: When I was playing more challengers, I would sometimes stay with friends or families to save money. Do you just get free stuff, or do they pay you too?
McDonald: I have an endorsement deal with them. And I really like their lines and shoes. MarketWatch: How much do you pay a year for your coach? MarketWatch: What are your short-term and long-term tennis goals?
MarketWatch: Who was your favorite player growing up? McDonald: Roger Federer. MarketWatch: Federer is 37 and many of the top players are in their 30s.
How come you think that is? Years ago players like Borg retired at McDonald: The game is evolving and guys are finding every little thing to get better. Money is also a big part of it. Prize money is increasing so much that it makes guys put more work in off the court.
They spend more time in the gym now. They leave no stone unturned. Also they can afford to keep on people that help them. Roger sometimes travels with a chef.
Some guys have both a fitness coach and a physio and another coach. I have a physio and really good coaches. MarketWatch: Do you have a favorite win? The NCAAs were also a huge moment for me. It helped jump-start my career. MarketWatch: I read where you said college players end up having a lot of longevity on tour.
How come? MarketWatch: How much do you play outside of matches? McDonald: I usually play six days a week. Otherwise, two or three hours.
Plus gym work. MarketWatch: Have you made enough money to save and invest, or are you using it all on expenses? This year I got my first apartment and my first car. Octagon has a financial services group and they invest it for me in stocks and bonds. McDonald: Any tennis career expense. I flew first class back to the U.
Will also spend good money on food. McDonald: I guess paying for a flight again when I have to reschedule it — when I miss it. McDonald: I love my car. I bought it last year.
A i BMW. It was my first big purchase.
I had just gotten my apartment and really needed a car. I went to a dealership and three hours later walked out with a car. But I want to play as long as I can.
Into my late 30s or something like that. MarketWatch: Have you made any money mistakes? McDonald: Putting money in bitcoin was a mistake.
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