Nicole Pratt

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

Nicole Pratt
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Pratt in 2008
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceOrlando, U.S.
Born (1973-03-05) 5 March 1973 (age 48)
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
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
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 then coached Australian female player, Casey Dellacqua; after the 2009 Australian Open, Pratt and Dellacqua decided to go different ways.[2]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend (singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV (1)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2001 China Open Hard   Monica Seles 2–6, 3–6
Win 1–1 Feb 2004 Bangalore Open, India Hard   Maria Kirilenko 7–6(7–3), 6–1

Doubles (9 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. May 1998 Madrid Open, Spain Clay   Rachel McQuillan   Dominique Monami
  Florencia Labat
3–6, 1–6
Win 1. Jun 2000 Rosmalen Open, Netherlands Grass   Erika deLone   Karina Habšudová
  Catherine Barclay-Reitz
7–6(8–6), 4–3 ret.
Win 2. Nov 2000 Tournoi de Québec, Canada Hard   Meghann Shaughnessy   Kimberly Po-Messerli
  Els Callens
6–3, 6–4
Win 3. Aug 2001 Canadian Open Hard   Kimberly Po-Messerli   Katarina Srebotnik
  Tina Križan
6–3, 6–1
Loss 2. Sep 2001 Waikoloa Championships, U.S. Hard   Els Callens   Katarina Srebotnik
  Tina Križan
2–6, 3–6
Loss 3. Sep 2003 Wismilak International, Indonesia Hard   Émilie Loit   Angelique Widjaja
  María Vento-Kabchi
5–7, 2–6
Win 4. Sep 2003 China Open Hard   Émilie Loit   Tamarine Tanasugarn
  Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–3
Win 5. Jul 2004 Stanford Classic, U.S. Hard   Eleni Daniilidou   Claudine Schaul
  Iveta Benešová
6–2, 6–4
Win 6. May 2005 Prague Open, Czech Republic Clay   Émilie Loit   Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
  Jelena Kostanić Tošić
6–7(6–8), 6–4, 6–4
Win 7. Jan 2006 Hobart International, Australia Hard   Émilie Loit   Jelena Kostanić Tošić
  Jill Craybas
6–2, 6–1
Win 8. Feb 2007 Pattaya Open, Thailand Carpet (i)   Mara Santangelo   Chuang Chia-jung
  Chan Yung-jan
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Win 9. Feb 2007 Memphis Cup, U.S. Carpet (i)   Bryanne Stewart   Akiko Morigami
  Jarmila Gajdošová
7–5, 4–6, [10–5]
Loss 4. Mar 2007 Acapulco, Mexico Clay   Émilie Loit   Arantxa Parra Santonja
  Lourdes Domínguez Lino
3–6, 3–6

ITF finalsEdit

$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (5–8)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 12 February 1990 ITF Adelaide, Australia Hard   Kirrily Sharpe 6–2, 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 19 February 1990 Melbourne, Australia Hard   Nadin Ercegović 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 18 November 1991 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard   Louise Stacey 6–3, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 4. 29 March 1993 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Romana Tedjakusuma 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 8 November 1993 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard   Tessa Price 6–4, 2–6, 0–6
Winner 1. 22 November 1993 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard   Michelle Jaggard-Lai 6–7, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 28 November 1993 Mildura, Australia Hard   Tessa Price 5–7, 6–3, 5–7
Winner 2. 27 November 1995 Bendigo, Australia Hard   Annabel Ellwood 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 3. 10 December 1995 Port Pirie, Australia Hard   Annabel Ellwood 4–6, 6–0, 6–4
Winner 4. 2 March 1998 Rockford, United States Hard (i)   Jessica Steck 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 3 May 1999 Sarasota, United States Clay   Erika deLone 6–7(6), 7–6(7), 5–7
Runner-up 8. 12 July 1999 Morristown, United States Hard   Erika deLone 5–7, 6–7(1)
Winner 5. 20 February 2000 ITF Midland, United States Hard   Yuka Yoshida 6–4, 6–3

Doubles (9–8)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 13 May 1990 ITF Swansea, United Kingdom Clay   Kirrily Sharpe   Catherine Barclay
  Louise Stacey
6–1, 6–2
Winner 2. 20 May 1990 ITF Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay   Kirrily Sharpe   Catherine Barclay
  Louise Stacey
6–1, 6–2
Winner 3. 11 November 1991 ITF Mount Gambier, Australia Hard   Kristin Godridge   Ingelise Driehuis
  Louise Pleming
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 4. 3 February 1992 Jakarta, Indonesia Clay   Angie Cunningham   Ruxandra Dragomir
  Irina Spîrlea
6–1, 6–0
Winner 5. 12 October 1992 Burgdorf, Switzerland Carpet (i)   Kristin Godridge   Isabela Listowska
  Petra Winzenhöller
6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 1. 26 October 1992 Jakarta, Indonesia Clay   Kristin Godridge   Michelle Jaggard-Lai
  Kristine Kunce
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 29 March 1993 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Suzanna Wibowo   Mimma Chernovita
  Irawati Iskandar
w/o
Runner-up 2. 3 July 1994 Stuttgart, Germany Hard   Kirrily Sharpe   Lara Bitter
  Maaike Koutstaal
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 21 May 1995 Bordeaux, France Clay   Erika deLone   Seda Noorlander
  Helena Vildová
3–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 15 July 1996 Wilmington, United States Hard   Erika deLone   Maureen Drake
  Meilen Tu
7–5, 7–6(2)
Runner-up 4. 30 September 1996 Newport Beach, United States Hard   Erika deLone   Mercedes Paz
  Rene Simpson
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 20 April 1997 Wichita, United States Hard   Louise Pleming   Shannan McCarthy
  Kelly Wilson
6–4, 5–7, 2–6
Winner 8. 2 June 1997 ITF Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard   Erika deLone   Alicia Ortuño
  Hila Rosen
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 5 October 1998 ITF Albuquerque, United States Hard   Erika deLone   Rachel McQuillan
  Nana Miyagi
6–7(5), 2–6
Runner-up 7. 3 October 1999 ITF Santa Clara,, United States Hard   Nannie de Villiers   Debbie Graham
  Nana Smith
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 3 April 2000 ITF West Palm Beach, United States Clay   Erika deLone   Rika Hiraki
  Yuka Yoshida
6–1, 0–6, 6–7(5)
Winner 9. 4 March 2006 ITF Las Vegas, United States Hard   Casey Dellacqua   Maria Fernanda Alves
  Tatiana Perebiynis
w/o

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". The 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