PLAYER PROFILE

Nicole Pratt

  • Age46
  • Born 5 March 1973
  • Birth PlaceMackay, Queensland
  • LivesOrlando, Florida, USA
  • Height163 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Playing StatusRetired
“These players now in the top 100 coinciding with it being 26 years since we last reached the Fed Cup final, I think it's a moment in time we should actually really celebrate.”

— Nicole Pratt, 2 May 2019

» Five Aussie women in top 100 best since 1993

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

Gavrilova: “Working with female coaches worked for me”
Daria Gavrilova joins President’s Women in Tennis Scholarship recipients at the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne; Fiona Hamilton
3 May, 2019

Daria Gavrilova shared some quality time with recipients of the President’s Women in Tennis scholarship.
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In form Stosur back in Australian Fed Cup fold
Sam Stosur in action at the Miami Open (Getty Images)
11 April, 2019

With her major-winning doubles success beginning to translate to the singles court, Sam Stosur is hoping to help Australia oust Belarus and advance to the Fed Cup final.
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David Taylor to coach Daria Gavrilova
David Taylor (L) will coach Daria Gavrilova, beginning in the European clay-court season (Getty Images)
29 March, 2019

The highly-credentialled Australian coach will begin working with the Aussie No.3 during the clay-court season and will continue through the grass season.
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Aussie women’s tennis strongest in 20 years, says Pratt
The Australian Fed Cup team celebrates its victory over the US in Asheville, North Carolina in February 2019 (Getty Images)
21 February, 2019

With a new-look team and more players vying for selection, Australia coach Nicole Pratt is filled with optimism ahead of April’s Fed Cup semifinal against Belarus.
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