That is certainly possible and common – in all sports. For Americans, the four years as a student-athlete can be seen as a stepping stone to the professional sports. A great example of this is Arianne Hartono, she played college tennis before her professional tennis career and is now competing at the top of tennis.
Because the competition and training schedules are so intensive, college is seen as part of the entire professional process. That’s why scouts from different clubs walk scout during matches and tournaments to select players.
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