PLAYER PROFILE

Storm Sanders

  • Age26
  • Born11 August 1994
  • Birth PlaceRockhampton, Queensland
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height166 cm
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • CoachNicole Pratt
FOLLOW
“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

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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

2020 282
2019 428
2018
2017 676
2016 293
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

Rankings movers: Sanders, Popyrin hit new highs
Alexei Popyrin and Storm Sanders
16 hours ago

Alexei Popyrin and Storm Sanders skyrocket to career-high rankings after breakthrough performances in Singapore and Adelaide.
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Bencic ends Sanders’ winning run in Adelaide
Storm Sanders serves during her Adelaide International quarterfinal. Picture: Tennis Australia
25 February, 2021

Second seed Belinda Bencic proves too strong for Australia's Storm Sanders in the Adelaide International quarterfinals.
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Storm Sanders: “It’s been a long time coming”
Storm Sanders at the Adelaide International. Picture: Tennis Australia
25 February, 2021

Relishing the opportunity to play singles at this week’s Adelaide International, Australian Storm Sanders is enjoying a career-best run.
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Collins spoils Barty’s title defence in Adelaide
Ash Barty plays a slice backhand during her second-round match at the Adelaide International. Picture: Tennis Australia
24 February, 2021

American Danielle Collins eliminates top seed Ash Barty in straight sets in the Adelaide International second round.
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