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Young tennis professionals chase sporting dream

24 January 2014 Last updated at 00:00 GMT

The men's winner at the Australian Open tennis championship this weekend will pocket a cool $2.65m Australian dollars (£1.4m; $2.3m).

For the top players tennis is a lucrative sport, but at the lower end of the ladder your young up-and-coming professional has a very different existence.

It is a world of parental help, shared digs, budget flights, and frugal lifestyles.

The BBC visits the tennis academy at the University of Bath in south-west England to see the sporting and financial challenges involved.

Jonathan Legard reports.

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