Pat Rafter

  • Age51
  • Born28 December 1972
  • Birth PlaceMt Isa, Queensland
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame2008
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame2006

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

Pat Rafter returns to court at Senior World Padel Championships
Former world No.1 and Padel Australia Founding Ambassador Pat Rafter
17 April, 2024

Pat Rafter is among Australian representatives at the Senior Padel Championships currently underway in Alicante, Spain.
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De Minaur hoping to emulate Aussie greats at Australian Open 2024
Alex de Minaur in action at Australian Open 2024. Picture: Tennis Australia
21 January, 2024

Alex de Minaur is aiming to join a select group of Aussies to progress to an Australian Open men's singles quarterfinal at Melbourne Park.
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Pat Rafter named the founding ambassador for Padel Australia
Pat Rafer is named as the Founding Ambassador for Padel Australia.
5 January, 2024

Former No.1 Pat Rafter, named founding ambassador for Padel Australia, will hit differently this summer as he takes to the court for the Australian Padel Open.
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Toronto: De Minaur storms into first ATP Masters final
Alex De Minaur of Australia celebrates after winning his Toronto Masters semifinal against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain. (Getty Images)
12 August, 2023

Alex de Minaur dominated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to become the first Aussie since Pat Rafter in 2001 to reach the Canadian Masters final, and takes a step closer to…
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