British No 2 Josh Goodall admits he is 'struggling to make ends meet'

Last Updated: 19/11/12 3:14pm

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Josh Goodall: Time and cash running out for the British No 2

Josh Goodall: Time and cash running out for the British No 2

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Josh Goodall may be forced to retire from professional tennis because of financial pressures.

The British No 2 is struggling to break even on the men's circuit and is reluctant to dip into the money he has so far saved to buy himself a flat.

The 27-year-old from Basingstoke is currently ranked No 232 in the world, but his income varies greatly from the millions of dollars earned annually by the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

He does not want to quit the pro game or give up a career he and his family have worked so hard to make a reality.

His parents have remortgaged their house five times to fund his tennis but time could be running out for a player who reached a career-high No 184 in the world three years ago.

Goodall admits: "I've plateaued a bit at Challenger level but I've been at this level before and I know what I need to do to get to the next level, which is why I'm working so hard.

"If I don't see myself getting closer to the top 150 by next summer I will take a look at what I want to get out of this. I'm 27 and I've got bills to pay.

"Playing in the Davis Cup felt like a massive achievement, and that all my hard work had paid off, and I played Wimbledon as well.

"At Futures and Challenger level the prize money is not high enough. When you're barely breaking even it's difficult to accept, especially when you think of tennis as a big sport.

"We're professionals and it would be nice if it was a bit easier to make a living. At the moment it comes with a lot of stress."

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