Storm Sanders

  • Age26
  • Born11 August 1994
  • Birth PlaceRockhampton, Queensland
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height166 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • CoachNicole Pratt
“I think I'll go inside 300, probably about 270, which I'm pretty happy with after about five or six tournaments. Hopefully that opens a few more opportunities with some WTA qualifying events, and just getting into main draw of some ITF events too.”

— Storm Sanders, 14 Feb 2020

» Hua Hin: Sanders takes positives from Svitolina loss

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
  • qualified at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career at Roland Garros 2021
  • advanced to Wimbledon ladies’ doubles semifinals in 2021 with American Caroline Dolehide, where they lost to Russians Elena Vesnina and Veronika Kudermetova after holding three match points
  • represented Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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

2020 282
2019 428
2017 676
2016 293
2015 371
2014 323
2013 242
2012 721
2011 725




2019 Playford 60K ITF

2013 Launceston ITF


2013 Ipswich ITF

2015 Tweed Heads ITF

Storm Sanders in the news

Olympic Games: Perez and Stosur’s winning run ends in Tokyo
Ellen Perez and Sam Stosur in Tokyo. Picture: Getty Images
28 July, 2021

Australian duo Ellen Perez and Sam Stosur have lost in the quarterfinals of the women's doubles competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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Tokyo Olympics: Barty and Peers advance to mixed doubles quarterfinals
Ash Barty and John Peers at the Tokyo Olympics; picture by Kopatsch Sato Sidorjak
28 July, 2021

Ash Barty and John Peers combine superbly to reached the mixed doubles quarterfinals at the Tokyo OIympics.
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Sanders and Barty beaten in doubles quarterfinals at Olympic Games
Storm Sanders and Ash Barty at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Picture: Getty Images
28 July, 2021

Top-seeded Czechs Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have won a three-set quarterfinal against Australians Storm Sanders and Ash Barty in Tokyo.
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Duckworth defeated at Tokyo Olympic Games
James Duckworth in action in Tokyo. Picture: Getty Images
27 July, 2021

Australian James Duckworth has been eliminated in the second round of the men's singles competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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