Nicole Bradtke

  • Age54
  • Born22 September 1969
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Playing StatusRetired

Bradtke came from a background of tennis enthusiasts and started playing the game aged seven. She joined the Tour as a junior in 1986 and returned home having finished runner-up at the French Open, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and a semifinalist at the US Open (all juniors).

She reached the semifinals of the French Open in only her second appearance and won bronze in doubles (w/Rachel McQuillan, AUS) at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

She won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open and US Open in 1992 (both w/Mark Woodforde, AUS). Bradtke played Fed Cup for Australia between 1988 and 1996, compiling an 18-9 win–loss record (12-8 singles, 6-1 doubles).

During this time she recorded her career-best win in 1993 when she defeated world No.1 Steffi Graf in three sets to take Australia through to the semifinals.

She won three WTA titles: 1992 Brisbane, 1993 Malaysia and 1995 Auckland. Since her retirement, Bradtke has remained involved in tennis through Australian programs, and was coach of the Australian Fed Cup team.

In 2004 she was team manager for the Australian Olympic side, guiding Alicia Molik to a bronze medal. She is married to Australian basketball great Mark Bradtke, while her sister, Natasha, is married to Aussie tennis champion Todd Woodbridge. Her highest singles ranking was No.25 in February 1989.

Nicole Bradtke in the news

Cash among local legends returning to Australian Open
Pat Cash of Australia plays a volley. GETTY IMAGES
30 December, 2017

Pat Cash and Mats Wilander will celebrate 30 years since their epic 1988 final when they return as part of the field for the Australian Open Legends tournament.
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Tennis Australia joins forces with Fitbit
Luke Hines at the launch of Fitbit Cardio Tennis at Melbourne's National Tennis Centre; Tennis Australia
12 April, 2016

Tennis Australia and Fitbit have joined forced to launch Fitbit Cardio Tennis - and it was rolled out at the National Tennis Centre on Tuesday.
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Prep in Shepp: juniors hit the grass
Australian tennis legends and Australia's Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup teams pose for photos following a team training session at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club; Trevor Phillips
2 April, 2015

Australia's Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup teams were put through their paces on the grass courts of Shepparton under the watchful eye of some of the…
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Philippoussis set for Australian Open return
Mark Philippoussis; Getty Images
31 December, 2014

Former World No.8 Mark Philippoussis is set to return to the courts of Melbourne Park, teaming up with Frenchman Henri Leconte in the Australian Open 2015 Legends tournament.
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