Storm Sanders

  • Age25
  • 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

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




2019 Playford 60K ITF

2013 Launceston ITF


2013 Ipswich ITF

2015 Tweed Heads ITF

Storm Sanders in the news

Winning with wellbeing
Sam Stosur is maintaining a positive outlook; Getty Images
11 hours ago

A focus on wellbeing is helping players adapt to their unprecedented circumstance of a dormant professional tour.
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Titles for Rodionova, Sanders, Duckworth
Storm Sanders (L) and Arina Rodionova celebrate their doubles title at the WTA event in Hua Hin. (photo: GSB Thailand Open presented by E@)
17 February, 2020

Arina Rodionova and Storm Sanders have combined for the WTA doubles title in Hua Hin while James Duckworth won his 11th career ATP Challenger title in Bengaluru.
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Hua Hin: Sanders takes positives from Svitolina loss
Storm Sanders in action at the WTA Thailand Open in Hua Hin. (photo: GSB Thailand Open presented by E@)
14 February, 2020

Top seed Elina Svitolina was too good for Storm Sanders in Thursday night at the WTA event in Hua Hin, but the Australian had plenty of reasons to be optimistic about her singles…
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Tomljanovic beaten in St Petersburg
Ajla Tomljanovic (Getty Images)
13 February, 2020

Ajla Tomljanovic falls in the second round of the WTA event in St Petersburg, yet several other Aussies remain alive at tournaments around the globe.
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