Nicole Pratt

  • Age43
  • Born 5 March 1973
  • Birth PlaceMackay, Queensland
  • LivesOrlando, Florida, USA
  • Height163 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Playing StatusRetired
“We need more diversity in our coaching ranks and we want to make our internationally recognised coaching qualifications more accessible to women.”

— Nicole Pratt, 31 Mar 2016

» New scholarships for female coaches to boost opportunity

Nicole Pratt was taught how to play tennis by her father, George, who was once a top junior. Renowned for her supreme fitness and on-court tenacity, she won the Australian Open Junior Championships in 1991 and broke through to win her first WTA title, 2004 Hyderabad, shortly before turning 31.

Nicole contested 18 Australian Opens during her career and her best Grand Slam showing was there in 2003 when she reached the fourth round.

She made the third round at Wimbledon and the US Open, achieved a career-high singles ranking of No.35 (June 2002) and won five ITF singles titles.

In doubles she reached the semifinals of the US Open and the last eight at the Australian and French Opens. Reaching a doubles ranking high of No.18 (September 2001), she captured nine WTA doubles titles and nine ITF.

Pratt represented Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, losing in the second round, and the Athens 2004 Olympics where she reached the third round.

A stalwart of the Australian Fed Cup team, Nicole made her debut in 1998 and played 20 ties accumulating a 15-13 win–loss record (14-12 in singles, 1-1 in doubles).

Since retiring in January 2008, Nicole has coached Australian players and worked at the AIS since 2009. Her responsibilities have included working with members of the Australian Fed Cup team, AIS Pro Tour Program, and assisting with national coaches in transitioning athletes from National Academies onto the WTA Tour. She also works as a television commentator.

Nicole Pratt in the news

Duckworth, Perez earn US Open wildcards
James Duckworth in action at the Winston-Salem Open; Getty Images
23 August, 2016

Wildcards to James Duckworth and Ellen Perez have boosted the Australian contingent at next week's US Open to at least nine.
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Gallery: celebrating Andrew Florent
Andrew Florent takes part in the Gerard McCabe Jewellers Celebrity Tennis Challenge at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in December 2007, an event raising funds to benefit the research work of the Bone Growth Foundation; Getty Images
17 August, 2016

On an emotional day for the Australian tennis family, we remember the impressive career of the hugely popular and highly respected Andrew Florent.
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Stosur presents first female coach scholarships
Stosur scholarships 170616
17 June, 2016

Australia's top-ranked player spends time with three coaching scholarship recipients during Melbourne visit
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New scholarships for female coaches to boost opportunity
Casey Dellacqua shakes hands with Australian coach Nicole Pratt after winning the second singles rubber of the Netherlands v Australia Fed Cup World Group Play-off tie in 's-Hertogenbosch; Henk Koster
31 March, 2016

Thirty-five scholarships are on offer to women undertaking coaching qualifications, part of Tennis Australia’s commitment to promoting women in tennis and increasing…
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