PLAYER PROFILE

Storm Sanders

  • Age25
  • Born11 August 1994
  • Birth PlaceRockhampton, Queensland
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height166 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • CoachNicole Pratt
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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

 

Titles/Finals

Titles

2019 Playford 60K ITF

2013 Launceston ITF

Finals

2013 Ipswich ITF

2015 Tweed Heads ITF

Storm Sanders in the news

Max Purcell qualifies for Australian Open main draw
MAIN DRAW BOUND: Max Purcell has qualified for Australian Open 2020. Picture: Getty Images
17 January, 2020

The 21-year-old from Sydney defeats Slovakian Josef Kovalik in straight sets in the final round of Australian Open 2020 qualifying.
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Aiava holds nerve to reach final qualifying round
Destanee Aiava in action during Australian Open 2020 qualifying. (Getty Images)
16 January, 2020

Destanee Aiava seals her place in the final round of Australian Open qualifying after Storm Sanders begins the day with a thumping first-round win.
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Bolt, Harris set for Australian Open main draw
South Australia's Alex Bolt will bolster the local contingent at Australian Open 2020; Getty Images
13 January, 2020

With the Australian Open qualifying events about to begin, Australian wildcard recipients Alex Bolt and Andrew Harris are preparing to contest the main draw.
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Chris O’Connell: from washing boats to Aus Open main draw
Chris O'Connell is set for a second Australian Open main draw appearance; Getty Images
9 January, 2020

Rising from outside the top 1000 to world No.119 in 2019, wildcard recipient Chris O'Connell is now preparing for a second Australian Open main draw appearance.
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