"I didn’t come from financial opportunity": From $0 at 18 to tennis success as Danielle Collins opens up on journey

American tennis star Danielle Collins has opened up about her journey in professional tennis. The 29-year-old has a decent record at the highest level where she has already won two WTA titles.

Collins was recently quoted in a report where she talked about her journey from having zero dollars in her account to where she has reached now. "Growing up with two parents that were so hard working and living paycheck to paycheck, I think definitely helped spark an interest in financial literacy and accounting properly,” she said.

"At 18 years old, I had 0$ in my name, I didn’t come from financial opportunity, and knowing that I really felt like the best way to set myself up for success was going to college.

"It set me up for so much success on and off the court, allowed me to evolve and grow so much more as a person, but also as an athlete. It gave me the time to physically develop, mentally develop, which was really important, because quite frankly,

“if I had turned pro at the young age of 16, 17 years old, I was not in a place from a maturity standpoint to be able to have the career that I would have wanted to have. I’m getting to live my dream doing this and I think my parents are so proud of me and they’ve just been counting their blessings that this has been able to work out for me, the way that it has.

Collins did not have a great year in major events in 2023 where despite playing in all Grand Slams, she could not qualify for the semifinal or beyond in any of the events.

Her best outing came in the Australian Open where she was knocked out after losing in the third round to Elena Rybakina with a score of 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

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