Storm Sanders

  • Age27
  • 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

2021 129
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

Ebden and Purcell earn Australian Open 2022 semifinal spot
Matt Ebden and Max Purcell during their AO 2022 quarterfinal. Picture: Getty Images
6 hours ago

Aussie duo Matt Ebden and Max Purcell are through to the men's doubles semifinals at Australian Open 2022.
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Aussies sharing the spotlight at Australian Open 2022
Jason Kubler, Jaimee Fourlis and John Peers have progressed to the semifinals in the AO 2022 mixed doubles competition.
13 hours ago

Nine Australian players, including mixed doubles semifinalists Jason Kubler, Jaimee Fourlis and John Peers, are scheduled to compete on day 10 at Australian Open 2022.
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Kokkinakis and Kyrgios book semifinal spot at Australian Open 2022
Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios during their AO 2022 doubles quarterfinal. Picture: Getty Images
25 January, 2022

Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios have powered into the men's doubles semifinals at Australian Open 2022.
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Ebden and Purcell power into Australian Open 2022 quarterfinals
Matt Ebden and Max Purcell at AO 2022. Picture: Tennis Australia
24 January, 2022

Aussie duo Matt Ebden and Max Purcell have continued their giant-killing run in the Australian Open 2022 men's doubles competition.
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