I am Arthur Rinderknech, a professional tennis player. I would like to share with you my passion for tennis since my youngest age (around 6 years old). I started to hit the yellow ball with my mother (who
used to be ranked 200th in the World, and 11th Women’s best French player overall in France), in a small club near Paris. My dad, also very active into the tennis world, a solid past player (ranked 55 th
Men’s best French player), and currently the director of the Montreuil tennis club (93), made me who I am today.
At 8 years old, I competed in my first tournament, already a tennis fan, I was practicing 5 times a week with my friends. I quickly developed my game, and discovered the strong values that this sport
teaches : WORK, RESPECT, DISCIPLINE, DETERMINATION. I then integrated middle school with specific hours that gave me the opportunity to practice every morning (from 8am to 11am) followed by
school until 6pm. I kept practicing and competing with the same passion, but with a higher volume, and better intensity. I had the chance to travel all over Europe to play some tournaments until 18 years old. After graduating
from High School with a Scientific degree in 2014, the big question was : shall I keep studying, or completely dedicate my life for tennis to become a professional tennis player ? After many and many discussions with my family, we felt that I was not mature enough to travel on my own (only 18 years old), and not
being at school anymore was not acceptable. So, another great option came up : an offer of a big scholarship from one of the best universities in the United States : Texas A&M University (near Houston). I could not refuse this massive opportunity, so I joined the tennis team in January 2015. The main goals were: to secure a Diploma, to improve my game, to become bilingual in English, and most importantly to keep doing what I love.
This experience was truly a blast : to practice hard every day, to be around my teammates from all over the world (Bolivia, Russia, Argentina, Australia, India), to discover a new culture, to travel all around America : California, Florida, Arizona, New-Jersey, Georgia, Kentucky,
Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina…). So, after four years and a half, I made it to graduation in May 2018 by obtaining a General Business Master’s degree. Then, I felt secured, much more confident in my tennis level, my fitness abilities, and clearly myself in general. I was fully ready to dedicate my heart and soul to tennis, so I decided to turn professional ten months ago (July 2018). Since that, many great opportunities came up thanks to strong performances in USA (I finished 5th among the College national ranking) : an invitation from the French Tennis Federation (FFT) to play
Roland Garros in doubles. Right after, I played my first pro tournament, and quickly climbed up in the international ranking, as I finished the year ranked World n°380th in singles, won my first 2 tournaments in
Morocco, and Serbia. I keep working hard every day to improve my game, to get better as a tennis athlete, and to hopefully have the chance soon to make my dream come true : INTEGRATE THE TOP 50’s PLAYERS IN THE WORLD.
Anyway, I am truly thankful for what this sport has brought me already, and I am very thankful for all the people that have been around supporting me !!!