Popular Tennis Player Patrick Rafter

Patrick Rafter

Patrick Rafter, a former Australian tennis player, whose career best rank was No. 1, is best known for his serve and volley style. Rafter turned pro in 1991.

His first breakthrough came in 1997 when he successfully made it to the semi final of the French Open. To everyone’s surprise, Rafter went on the same year to win the US Open defeating Greg Rusedski and finished as # 2 seed in the world. Legends such as John McEnroe called him a one grand slam wonder after his win. But Rafter proved them wrong by winning two ATP Master Series in 1998 back to back. In the same year he successfully defended his US Open against fellow Australian Mark Philippoussis for the second consecutive time. Rafter clinched six tournaments in 1998 and finished # 4 seed in the world.

Rafter reached the Wimbledon semi final for the first time in 1999. He was defeated by Andre Agassi in straight sets. The same year in July he held the Rank of world no. 1 for a week and made himself the shortest reigning no. 1 seed player in the history. He suffered a tendinitis injury the same year.

Later in the 2000 and 2001, he reached the Wimbledon finals defeating Andre Agassi in the semi finals of both years and lost to Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic respectively.

He retired from professional circuit in 2002 after bagging himself 11 singles titles and 10 doubles titles. His win loss record sands at 214-110.

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