Erin fits the sporting bill
FOR Erin Billett, playing tennis on the International Pro Circuit has its advantages.
Not only does she get to play a sport she loves but she has a chance to compete overseas and experience different cultures.
The problem is Erin hasn’t left our shores – yet. But in November she qualified in her first Pro Circuit singles event in Kalgoorlie.
Now Billett will be boarding a plane at the end of the month to compete in Europe.
“I’ve been competing in the AMT (Australian Money Tournaments) in the past 12 months and have also qualified for the Pro Circuit in the main draw,” Billett says.
“It’s a chance to get a single world ranking.
“I leave for Portugal and Spain at the end of May.
“It will be exciting as I’ve never been overseas before.”
Billett, who lives in Maclean, is currently ranked 44 in Australia and is ranked 535 in the world doubles rankings.
According to the 22-year-old rising tennis star, she only became serious about her sport after finishing school at Maclean High.
“I probably got serious about the game when I turned 18,” Billett admitted.
“When I left school I decided to concentrate on my tennis more and I’ve probably had my best results over the last 12 months.”
Only recently Billett, who is coached by her father Darren, won both the Lismore and Casino Opens and before that made the quarter-finals in five Pro Circuit events throughout Australia.
Billett admits life on the tennis circuit can be taxing and sponsorships are hard to come by, especially for players based in country areas.
“Country players have to travel further than their city counterparts as most tournaments are based in metropolitan areas,” Billett says.
“I’m a full-time tennis player at the moment and I’m looking for any sponsors interested in supporting me and helping out.”
If any organisations are interested in sponsoring Erin she can be contacted through her website at erinbillett.com.
Tennis NSW 18 Girls Singles State Champion
Northern NSW Open Ladies Singles Champion
North Coast under-21 Singles Champion
Lower Clarence Tennis Association Open Ladies Singles Champion six times.
Current Lismore Open Champion
Current Casino Open Champion
Quarter finalist at five Pro Circuit Doubles events