Pat Rafter

Pat Rafter

SPORTS spotlight on one of Australia's hottest tennis players - PAT RAFTER.

PAT RAFTER discovered his love of tennis at the tender age of five when he began playing tennis with his father and three older brothers. After many years playing in amateur tennis associations, he then turned his attention to the professional tennis circuit in 1991.

Since then, Pat has gone on to successfully emerge as one of the most popular tennis players in the world and arguably one of Australia's hottest tennis players. His innate ability and high skills were recognised in 1993 when Pat was awarded the title of ATP Tour Newcomer of the Year.

In 1999 however, it seemed as if Pat's rein of good luck had run out when a shoulder injury forced him to retire in the first round of the US Open and end his season early. From July 26th - August 1st of 1999 he held the position as the Number One player in the world. In the early half of this year, thoughts of retirement were raised as Pat barely won a match due to being plagued with a repeat shoulder injury.

But Pat's health and winning streak seem to be back on track as he continues to take on the world's best, doing what he does best!


D.O.B: 28th December, 1972
Birthplace: Mount Isa, Queensland Australia
Star Sign: Capricorn

Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

Weight: 175 lbs (75 kg)
Hair Colour: Brown

Family: Mum, Dad & 8 brothers and sisters

Occupation: Tennis Player

Plays: Right-handed

Training Regime: Three hours a day on court practicing.
1 hour of weights, running and agility work.

Sponsor: Reebok

Sports Role Model: Australian Cricketer Michael Beven

Hobbies/Interests: Fishing and golf.

Likes: He is a self-confessed chocoholic.

DID YOU KNOW...? Pat goes through about 15 tennis racquets per year.

STATS - singles titles

1994 - Manchester
1997 - US Open
1998 - Gold Flake Open, Chennai
1998 - Heineken Trophy, s'Hertogenbosch
1998 - Du Maurier Open, Toronto
1998 - ATP Championship, Cincinatti
1998 - Hamlet Cup, Long Island
1998 - US Open
1999 - Heineken Trophy, s'Hertogenbosch

STATS - doubles titles

1994 - Bologna
1995 - Adelaide
1996 - Pinehurst
1997 - Adelaide
1997 - Queens
1998 - Indian Wells
1998 - Queens
1998 - Los Angeles
1999 - Australian Open
1999 - Halle
1999 - Montreal

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