PLAYER PROFILE

Pat Rafter

  • Age47
  • 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
1994-2001
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

Sydney 2000 Olympics: Celebrating the 20-year anniversary
Australia's Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde with their Olympic silver medals won in Sydney in 2000. Picture: Getty Images
15 September, 2020

With today marking 20 years since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games began, we take a look back at how the Australian tennis team fared across that memorable fortnight.
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Flashback Friday: Rafter beats Philippoussis in US Open 1998 final
AUSSIE BATTLE: Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis embrace after the US Open final in 1998. Picture: Getty Images
11 September, 2020

In our Flashback Friday series, we look back at an all-Australian final between Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis at the US Open in 1998.
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Pat Rafter: A Wimbledon heartbreaker
Pat Rafter at Wimbledon in 2001; Getty Images
9 July, 2020

While there were few regrets in a Grand Slam-winning career, former world No.1 Pat Rafter admits the 2001 Wimbledon final was a heartbreaking loss.
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Wimbledon 2000 flashback: Aussie superstars shine
AUSSIE STARS: Jelena Dokic, Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis all made memorable Wimbledon runs in 2000. Pictures: Getty Images
5 July, 2020

To mark the 20th anniversary of Wimbledon 2000, we look back on a memorable tournament for Australian tennis.
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