Jake Eames

Jake Eames

Jake Eames

I am a local Canberran and have been a professional Tennis Player on the men’s ITF Pro Circuit since the age of 17, which is a sport that has been a passion of mine starting from the age of 7. As a junior was in the top 3 players in Australia for my age up to 15 years of age. I represented Australia at the World Junior Championships in Prague at 14, coming 3rd in the world, an Australian National Clay Court Champion 2005 and then remained in the top 5 players in Australia for my age until I moved from junior to men’s tennis.

I maintained a professional ATP ranking from 2009 – 2011 before I succumbed to Osteitis Pubis, a long term injury in Aug’11 preventing me from playing at the professional level for almost 3 years. Through the initial injury rehabilitation phase I coached some of our local talented junior players and worked part time as a support worker for people with disabilities at Gunghalin Regional Community Services.

I then began a full time coaching and player development role for Champion Team Tennis and also worked in with the ACT Tennis Academy from 2011-2014.

In 2014 I returned to the ITF Professional Tennis Circuit and finished the year at 695ATP in the World for singles and 477ATP in the World for doubles.

Previous Major Achievements:

  • ACT Academy of Sport Junior Sports Star of the Year 2005
  • 3rd Junior World Team Tennis 2005
  • Australian National Clay court Champion 2005
  • Sport & Tourism Youth Foundation 2006 Beretta Scholarship for Young Australians.This award recognises not only outcomes on the court but also recognises qualities as an individual – skills, courage, application and leadership potential.
  • NSWIS Scholarship as part of the National High Performance Academy at Homebush NSW 2007

Recent Results on Tour 2014/2015:

  • Doubles Titles; Serbia F2, Spain F19, Finalist; Great Britain F9, Belgium F11 Spain F1 2015, Semi Final:Traralgon Challenger
  • Singles: Finalists Croatia F11 Quarter Finalists; Croatia 12 & F13, Great Britain F11, Australia F1

Although the circuit leads a fantastic life style traveling and competing in events around the world, at a ranking of 690 in the world the expenses far outweigh the prize money which continually brings financial challenges to overcome in order to continue playing on the tour and reach goals. I recently I tore my patella tendon which occurred in an event in Spain in February this year (2015), which gives me time back in Canberra for rehabilitation and training and a chance to get out and meet more of the Tennis Canberra community before hopefully rejoining the tour mid-year.

Look forward to seeing some of you guys at the courts,

Jake