Storm Sanders

  • Age22
  • Born11 August 1994
  • Birth PlaceRockhampton, Queensland
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height166 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • CoachNicole Pratt
“It's a good chance to keep building on my game and getting match practice in. The wildcard is up for grabs as well so it's just an extra bonus to look forward to.”

— Storm Sanders, 17 Dec 2015

» Sanders earns gritty Play-off win

On court

  • idol growing up was Andre Agassi: “I first started [to play tennis] because he was one of the first tennis matches I ever watched and after watching him I wanted to be a pro tennis player.”
  • also likes Rafael Nadal: “I’m a lefty too so I love to watch him play and he is so mentally tough so I aspire to be like him.”
  • realised at age 15 or 16 that she was good enough to follow a professional career
  • named in the Australian Fed Cup team for the first time in January 2014
  • singles finalist in the 2011 Optus 18s Australian Championships, going down to Ashleigh Barty; teamed up with Brooke Rischbieth to make the doubles semifinals
  • pushed world No.3 Daria Gavrilova to three tough sets in her first Australian Open junior championships in 2010; from this, realised her potential to become a professional tennis player
  • aspires to be like former Australian pro and world No.8 Alicia Molik; believes if she works hard she has every chance to reach such heights
  • toughest opponent she’s faced is Belgian Kirsten Flipkens
  • wishes she could replay her Hobart International second-round match against Flipkens, where she fell in a third-set tiebreak
  • dream tennis scenario would be to beat the world No.1 in a night match at Rod Laver Arena
  • ultimate professional goal is to win a Grand Slam – especially the Australian Open – and to win a Fed Cup
  • sitting in her entourage at an Australian Open match at Rod Laver Arena would be her family, her team, and hopefully Billy Slater or Sally Fitzgibbons

Off court

  • if she wasn’t a tennis player she would be a high school teacher
  • fan of the Fremantle Dockers in the AFL and Melbourne Storm in the NRL.
  • loves to surf
  • nicknamed “Storminator”
  • best piece of advice received is to control what you can control
  • her perfect day would involve going on a surfing round trip down south to Margaret River with family and friends
  • had she not been a tennis player, she would have been a professional surfer or school teacher

Year-end singles ranking history

2015 371
2014 323
2013 242
2012 721
2011 725




2013 Launceston ITF


2013 Ipswich ITF

2015 Tweed Heads ITF

Storm Sanders in the news

Fourlis, Cabrera open play-off with wins
Jaimee Fourlis in action during the Australian Open 2017 Play-off final at Melbourne Park; Elizabeth Xue Bai
19 May, 2017

Jaimee Fourlis and Lizette Cabrera advanced to the final four of the French Open Women's Wildcard Play-off with victories on Friday at Roland Garros.
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Sanders builds confidence despite loss in Clare Valley
Storm Sanders in action at Australian Open 2016; Getty Images
2 March, 2017

Storm Sanders has fallen in the second round at the $25,000 ITF event in Clare Valley as Destanee Aiava moves through to the quarterfinals.
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Cabrera to make slam debut at AO 2017
Lizette Cabrera; Getty Images
30 November, 2016

Having begun the year outside the top 1000, world No.214 Lizette Cabrera has been rewarded for her stunning season with a main-draw wildcard at Australian Open 2017.
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Local Bai Pipped in Canberra Doubles Final
5 November, 2016

Local Alison Bai was unable to secure a hometown title after a run to the Canberra doubles final with Lizette Cabrera.
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