Jason Kubler: My bank balance last year got down to 14 cents

Tennis: Kubler, who is now financially stable, a year ago was having big financial issues.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Jason Kubler: My bank balance last year got down to 14 cents

Australian tennis player Jason Kubler had only 14 cents in his bank account at one point during the last year but now his career and life are looking way more positive and better. The Australian, who has already had six knee operations, played only four non-clay tournaments between 2010 September - 2017 September.

The 25-year-old won a hard-court Challenger event as a qualifier at the end of last season and received a wildcard for the Australian Open. World No. 147 Kubler, who is now able to play consistently on all surfaces, debuted at Wimbledon this week after winning three qualifying matches to reach the main draw.

The 25-year-old Australian was defeated by Argentine Guido Pella in his Wimbledon debut -- who later stunned last year's runner-up Marin Cilic in the second round. Kubler's financial situation is now stable as he has earned just less than $150,000 so far this season.

"My bank balance last year got down to 14 cents. I’m going to get a tattoo, I don't know where yet, that says 0.14, just to remind myself how low I've been," Kubler said in his contribution to PlayersVoice. "I'd been playing a lot of Futures in Europe on clay.

I was qualifying every week and winning a few rounds, made a semi, so I was doing OK but I lost a lot of money on that trip and then when I got back home, I didn’t do anything for three weeks. Kubler's situation was so bad that he was ready to risk it all in order to earn some money.

"After taking that time off from mid-June to September last year, I wasn't thinking whether I was going to come back or not, it was more, ''Where can I make money?" I'd just moved out of a home as well, so I was paying rent every week and I'd got finance to buy a bed and a sofa and stuff." Also read: Juan Martin del Potro to play China Open in Beijing

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