Pat Rafter

  • Age43
  • Born28 December 1972
  • Birth PlaceMt Isa, Queensland
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame2008
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame2006
“As a kid I could only have dreamed of having somewhere like this to play, and well done to the Northern Territory government for having this vision and making it a reality.”

— Pat Rafter, 15 Mar 2016

» Northern Territory tennis centre becomes a reality

Singles champion
United States 1997-98

Doubles champion
Australian 1999

Davis Cup
Captain 2011-

Popular both on and off the court, Pat Rafter captured back-to-back US Open titles in 1997 and 1998 – the only Australian to do so in the Open era. Rafter was known and admired for his serve-and-volley style, which suited the grass courts of Wimbledon, where he was a dual finalist in 2000 and 2001 and semifinalist in 1999. He also made the semis at the Australian and French opens. Rafter was respected for his sportsmanship, which saw him honoured with the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award and four ATP Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Awards. A winner of 11 ATP singles titles and 10 doubles titles, including Australian Open 1999 (with Swede Jonas Bjorkman), Rafter was also a regular inclusion in Australia’s Davis Cup teams between 1994 and 2001. He finished with a 21-11 win-loss record (18-10 in singles, 3-1 in doubles). The 2001 Davis Cup final was his last event. Within weeks of his retirement, Rafter was named Australian of the Year in 2002.

Pat Rafter in the news

Northern Territory tennis centre becomes a reality
Pat Rafter (back row, third from left) and Tennis Australia president Steve Healy (back right) at the announcement of plans for a multimillion dollar tennis facility in Darwin; photo credit NT Government
15 March, 2016

Australian legend Pat Rafter was on hand to unveil plans for a $16.7 million world-class tennis centre at Marrara in Darwin.
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Aussie tennis legends immortalised on stamps
Ken Rosewall. Tennis Australia
10 February, 2016

Eleven Australian tennis legends will appear on their own postage stamp after becoming recipients of the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award.
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A game for life
Lleyton Hewitt supports Nick Kyrgios at the 2015 US Open; Getty Images
21 January, 2016

Fans need not wallow as Lleyton Hewitt leaves the professional game; not only will he retain a strong presence as Australia’s Davis Cup captain but his profound influence will…
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Lleyton Hewitt named Australian Davis Cup captain
Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter
27 October, 2015

Lleyton Hewitt, Australia's greatest Davis Cup player, was today named the team's new captain.
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