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!
Name: PATRICK RAFTER
D.O.B: 28th December, 1972
Birthplace: Mount Isa, Queensland Australia
Star Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)