Monday, January 21, 2008

Pratt says goodbye

The Australian Nicole Pratt decieded to end up her long tennis career.
Pratt won one singles and nine doubles titles. Her only single success came in Hyderabad in 2004, when she defeated Maria Kirilenko in the final. Although it was only a Tier IV event, this win prooved to be a historic one. Never before in history of woman's tennis did we saw a 30-year old win her maiden singles title.
Nicole Pratt was an accomplished Fed Cup player, representing her country 18 times.
In the years on the Tour Pratt managed to defeat 2 Top 10 players (Safina in Sydney 2007 & Testud in Birmingham 2002) and further 9 Top 20 players.
The Perth-native had scalps of the likes of Dementieva, Jankovic, Sugiyama, Farina-Elia and Bartoli.
Her highest singles ranking was 35, in doubles - 18.
Her best performance at a Grand Slam event came at Australian Open 2003, where she reached the fourth round (having won the juniors competition some 12 years earlier).
She has been elected to Tour Players' Council and also received Tour Player Service Award in 1999, 2000 and 2004.

The Tour will miss you Nicole, as well as the Argwus-Team...


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