PLAYER PROFILE

Pat Rafter

  • Age44
  • Born28 December 1972
  • Birth PlaceMt Isa, Queensland
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame2008
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame2006
“As a kid I could only have dreamed of having somewhere like this to play, and well done to the Northern Territory government for having this vision and making it a reality.”

— Pat Rafter, 15 Mar 2016

» Northern Territory tennis centre becomes a reality

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

Rafter reflects on US Open victories
Pat Rafter celebrates after clinching match point over Greg Rusedski in the final of the 1997 US Open in New York; Getty Images
7 September, 2017

Twenty years ago, Pat Rafter rose to stardom with his victory at the 1997 US Open. Perhaps more impressively, he repeated his feat 12 months later.
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Masur takes over Performance reins from Rafter
during a practice session at Emirates Arena on September 16, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
17 February, 2017

Tennis Australia Performance Director Pat Rafter has stepped down, with former Davis Cup captain and coach, Wally Masur, moving into the role.
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Girls campaign takes to the AO courts
Federal Minister for Health and Minister for Sport Greg Hunt poses with Pat Rafter and a group of girls who took part in a cardio tennis session.
28 January, 2017

Minister for Health and Minister for Sport Hon. Greg Hunt has been joined at Melbourne Park by Pat Rafter to promote the Government’s ‘Girls Make Your Move’ initiative.
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Northern Territory tennis centre becomes a reality
Pat Rafter (back row, third from left) and Tennis Australia president Steve Healy (back right) at the announcement of plans for a multimillion dollar tennis facility in Darwin; photo credit NT Government
15 March, 2016

Australian legend Pat Rafter was on hand to unveil plans for a $16.7 million world-class tennis centre at Marrara in Darwin.
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