17-Year-Old Rising Tennis Prodigy Banks on His Talent as He Takes Major Collegiate Decision

Published 02/29/2024, 12:07 PM EST

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After celebrating his tremendous victory at the Rio Open 2024, Joao Fonseca revealed his decision to forgo college in order to pursue his professional career in tennis. Fonseca’s rise to stardom at the young age of only 17 has captured the attention of his fans worldwide. They have witnessed his firm determination and desire to show his incredible talent to the world during various matches.

With remarkable skills in tennis, Fonseca has brought fresh energy to the community, continuing to show his incredible potential to reach new heights in his career. His decision to decline an offer from the prestigious University of Virginia has reinforced his intention of not leaving any opportunity to shine in his tennis career.

Joao Fonseca’s ‘incredibly tough’ to not attend UoV


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Instead of going to college, Joao Fonseca has made the decision to go in a different direction and become a professional next summer. Fonseca’s bold choice demonstrates his self-assurance and his resolve to compete at the highest level in the sport. He said, “I would like to announce that I will forgo my college eligibility and turn professional as of 2024”.

The youngster talked about how tough it was for him to make this choice because he always had a dream of playing tennis in college. “It was an incredibly tough decision for me and my family as I have been dreaming about living a college life in Charlottesville, playing the sport that I love with a wonderful team and coach but in the last few months tennis called me in a way that I simply couldn’t say “no”.”


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While admitting that he wouldn’t attend school himself, Fonseca also reiterated the importance of education for young players. As he looks to go pro soon, the 17-year-old is aiming for the stars.

Fonseca’s goal is to achieve career highs in tennis


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After defeating Arthur Fils at the start of the season, Joao Fonseca’s confidence in his game was evident. His celebratory tears after winning the match at the Rio Open clearly described his emotions behind his splendid victory. “This is where I belong. I want to be in these huge stadiums. Now it is all about focusing on the process.”, he said after the match.

Read more: ATP Rio Open: Joao Fonseca vs. Mariano Navone Preview, Head-To-Head, and Prediction

When asked about his intention of ever going to university, Fonseca admitted that he had yet to decide. But one thing that he was absolutely sure of was his intention to ascend to greater heights in his career in tennis. “For now I am very focused in the pro-tour, I want to get to the top,”, he further added.


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After his decision to go professional, fans are eager to witness his new achievements in tennis. Let us know what your thoughts are about Joao Fonseca’s decision to start his professional career and leave his educational degree.

Watch more: $1 Million Proposal From Roger Federer’s Undertaking Highlights 17YO Joao Fonseca’s Potential Superstar Status


Written by:

Ankita Banerjee


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Ankita Banerjee is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She seamlessly blends her keen interest in writing with an ability to analytically comprehend things. During her college days, she contributed numerous articles to the college magazine, showcasing her early passion.
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Arunima Bhanot