- Born 5 March 1973
- Birth PlaceMackay, Queensland
- LivesOrlando, Florida, USA
- Height163 cm
- Playing StatusRetired
“I personally just want to see her continue to enjoy the game and I think if she does that, the sky's the limit.”
— Nicole Pratt, 7 Mar 2017
» Don’t put pressure on Barty, says coach
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
Before she travelled to Tokyo for this week's Toray Pan Pacific Open, we chatted with Daria Gavrilova about her New Haven title, top Aussie ranking and the months ahead.
Alicia Molik, Todd Woodbridge and Nicole Pratt spoke with tennis.com.au ahead of Wimbledon about Nick Kyrgios and Ash Barty, perhaps our two most natural grasscourt talents.
Destanee Aiava named in Australian Fed Cup team alongside Daria Gavrilova, Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.
Despite Ash Barty breaking through for her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur, coach Craig Tyzzer has cautioned fans on getting too ahead of themselves as the young Aussie continues…