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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Dec 13th, 2006, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Prattasaurus not retiring just yet!!!

Pratt to try one more tour

By Paul Malone
December 14, 2006
AUSTRALIA'S No.2 ranked female player, Nicole Pratt, has reconsidered plans to make this summer her Australian farewell tour of duty.

Pratt, 33, had been eyeing retirement in the second half of 2007 to step into a new career as a travelling coach.

But the Queenslander, one of only three Australian players ranked in the top 100 of the women's and men's tours, has been re-energised by her improved results late this year and a determined off-season of training in Florida.

Pratt won through qualifying rounds for both Wimbledon and the US Open and reached her first WTA Tour tier-one quarter-final to finish the year ranked No.78.

The Australian Fed Cup team stalwart said she hoped she would be given a wildcard into her home state tournament, the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourt titles, at the Gold Coast from December 31-January 6.

Tennis Australia director of player development Craig Tiley said yesterday that Pratt met the first of five-point wildcard criteria for Australian Open lead-up tournaments by having a ranking high enough to give her direct entry into the Australian Open from January 15-28.

Pratt said: "I am planning on playing the Gold Coast. I would hope that I am considered for a wildcard but obviously that all depends on Tennis Australia.
"I am not sure if it's my last Australian summer now. I still think I have the energy and desire needed."
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never a big fan of pratt's
kinda want her to retire
but hey if you are in shape (pretty good for a 33 year old) why not continue?

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I think it would be fitting for her to have the Aus Open as her last tournament

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I think it would be fitting for her to have the Aus Open as her last tournament
I have a feeling she'll retire at the AO in '08. Nicole is not going to commit to half a year. She'll see this one out and if she needs a wild card for next year's Aussie Open, she'll get one without question.

I like Nicole, but she's in for a world of disappointment. The bottom line is that her much improved ranking came off incredibly fortunate and sometimes fluky draws (Gadjosova and coming back from injury Golovin at Wimbledon, not beating a single top 100 player to reach the quarters of a Tier I, and then drawing a lucky loser at the first round of the US Open).

Luckily she's got little to defend until Wimbledon so she can build up a base, but that ranking is going to tumble once the summer season hits.
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She can't retire outside of the Top 50! SHE'S GOING TO WIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN AND GET INSIDE THE TOP 50 AND THEN RETIRE.

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She can't retire outside of the Top 50! SHE'S GOING TO WIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN AND GET INSIDE THE TOP 50 AND THEN RETIRE.
Shhh. She might be one of those players who actually reads this forum.
That statement could be enough for Pratty to never retire.

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Pratt really just needs good draws. Most of the girls in the top 100 have a lot more ability than her but fortunately for her they don't know what to do when there not striking the ball well so a player like Pratt just puts it back as many times as possible and invariably has a shot to win against a lot of them because of that.

she would be smart to retire midway through the year because there's good chance she'll be top 50ish but i guess it's her call because she'd want to get as many good results as possible given she hasn't had that many.
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I have a feeling she'll retire at the AO in '08. Nicole is not going to commit to half a year. She'll see this one out and if she needs a wild card for next year's Aussie Open, she'll get one without question.

I like Nicole, but she's in for a world of disappointment. The bottom line is that her much improved ranking came off incredibly fortunate and sometimes fluky draws (Gadjosova and coming back from injury Golovin at Wimbledon, not beating a single top 100 player to reach the quarters of a Tier I, and then drawing a lucky loser at the first round of the US Open).

Luckily she's got little to defend until Wimbledon so she can build up a base, but that ranking is going to tumble once the summer season hits.
Give her a break! For starters at Wimbledon she stunned a red hot Vakulenko in final round of qualies. Then at Montreal she beat 55th ranked Schruff in final round qualies. Then she was the LL into US Open, she didnt play one.

Sure she had some good draws that opened up when seeds like Na Li got beaten, but she can only beat who she's up against.
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well i'm not a big fan of pratt (even though i'm aussie), but however it would be good if she could play one more year on the tour in 2007 & give it one more crack at possibly finishing in the top 50 then retire at the Aussie Open in 2008. but that's how i feel personally though.

for her to finish in the top 50 at the end of 2007 (if she wants to) she'll need to have draws going in her favour & count on opponents to make mistakes on shots that would be winners for them basically. her gamestyle is based on counterpunching & consistency by just placing the ball back in play & waiting for an UE. that's why i have never been such a big fan of her's besides other things.
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Keep going Nicole! Why not?

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at the people in this thread. Do you just get off on dissing players who are better at tennis than you ever will be?


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well whatever happens, pratt has had a better career than many others who tried to make the big stages of women's tennis.
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Omg this is terrible news. Nicole is fat, old and slow. All she does is keep the ball in play and waits for her opponent to miss. When she beat Golovin at Wimbledon her reaction was just stupid. She acted as if she had won the tournament.
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Well........ she had barely ever made it past the first round before... so I can understand her elation.............

However I really don't like Pratt..... so boring.... but if she wants to stay then I am more than happy to turn a blind eye.

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She reminds me of a man trapped in a womens body.
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