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Nicole Pratt (born 5 March 1973) is a retired professional female tennis player from Australia.

Nicole Pratt
Nicole Pratt.jpg
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceOrlando, USA
Born (1973-03-05) 5 March 1973 (age 46)
Mackay, Australia
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1989
Retired2008
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,404,645
Singles
Career record456–441
Career titles1 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 35 (17 June 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2003)
French Open2R (1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007)
Wimbledon3R (2006)
US Open3R (2003)
Doubles
Career record350–348
Career titles9 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 18 (17 September 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2000, 2001, 2005)
French OpenQF (2005)
Wimbledon2R (1990, 2004, 2005, 2007)
US OpenSF (2002)

Pratt was born in Mackay, Queensland. She is the middle sibling of five children of cane farmers and was taught to play by her father, George, who was a top junior player. She attended school in Calen and received a tennis scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. She turned professional at 18.

She became Australia's No. 1 ranked female player in January 2001. She won her first WTA Title at the Hyderabad Open and reached the third round of the Australian Open in 2004.

In August 2006, at age 33, Pratt reached her first ever Tier I quarterfinal at Toronto. Soon after this she rose back up into the top 100. During 2007 she was drafted by the Boston Lobsters of the WTT pro league.

At the 2008 Australian Open, after losing her first match to Nadia Petrova, a tearful Pratt announced her retirement from professional tennis.[1] She coached Australian female player, Casey Dellacqua. After the 2009 Australian Open, Nicole Pratt and Casey Dellacqua decided to go different ways.[2]

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tour Championships (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV (1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
Runner-up 1. 14 October 2001 Shanghai, China Hard   Monica Seles 2–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 22 February 2004 Hyderabad, India Hard   Maria Kirilenko 7–6(7–3), 6–1

Doubles (9 titles, 4 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 24 May 1998 Madrid, Spain Clay   Rachel McQuillan   Dominique Monami
  Florencia Labat
3–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 25 June 2000 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Erika deLone   Karina Habšudová
  Catherine Barclay-Reitz
7–6(8–6), 4–3 retired
Winner 2. 5 November 2000 Quebec, Canada Hard   Meghann Shaughnessy   Kimberly Po-Messerli
  Els Callens
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 19 August 2001 Toronto, Canada Hard   Kimberly Po-Messerli   Katarina Srebotnik
  Tina Križan
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 2. 16 September 2001 Waikoloa, USA Hard   Els Callens   Katarina Srebotnik
  Tina Križan
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 14 September 2003 Bali, Indonesia Hard   Émilie Loit   Angelique Widjaja
  María Vento-Kabchi
5–7, 2–6
Winner 4. 21 September 2003 Shanghai, China Hard   Émilie Loit   Tamarine Tanasugarn
  Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–3
Winner 5. 18 July 2004 Stanford, USA Hard   Eleni Daniilidou   Claudine Schaul
  Iveta Benešová
6–2, 6–4
Winner 6. 15 May 2005 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Émilie Loit   Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
  Jelena Kostanić Tošić
6–7(6–8), 6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. 13 January 2006 Hobart, Australia Hard   Émilie Loit   Jelena Kostanić Tošić
  Jill Craybas
6–2, 6–1
Winner 8. 11 February 2007 Pattaya City, Thailand Carpet (i)   Mara Santangelo   Chia-Jung Chuang
  Yung-Jan Chan
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 9. 24 February 2007 Memphis, USA Carpet (i)   Bryanne Stewart   Akiko Morigami
  Jarmila Gajdošová
7–5, 4–6, [10–5]
Runner-up 4. 3 March 2007 Acapulco, Mexico Clay   Émilie Loit   Arantxa Parra Santonja
  Lourdes Domínguez Lino
3–6, 3–6

ITF Circuit titlesEdit

Singles Winner (5)Edit

Doubles Winner (9)Edit

Year-end Singles rankingEdit

  • 2007–70
  • 2006–78
  • 2005–127
  • 2004–51
  • 2003–53
  • 2002–49
  • 2001–52
  • 2000–55
  • 1999-58
  • 1998-113
  • 1997-102
  • 1996-198
  • 1995-297
  • 1994-182
  • 1993-204
  • 1992-177
  • 1991-241
  • 1990-218
  • 1989-447

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "That's that for Pratt". Sydney Morning Herald. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  2. ^ Women Players Carrying "Excess Baggage" Says Top Coach Yahoo Sports, 21 January 2009

External linksEdit