Patrick Rafter, the former Australian tennis champion, will take its first steps on the international circuit of padel when FIP Rise Australia Padel Open which begins on January 3.

Another ex-tennis champion testing himself at padel.

In 2001, Rafter reached the semi-final of the Australian Open in singles and lost to André Agassi. On the other hand, he will win the Australian Open in doubles alongside a Swede well known in the world of padel, Jonas Bjorkman, captain of the Swedish team padel gentlemen. He won the US Open twice.

Pat Rafter, who obtained his best tennis ranking on July 26, 1999 with a world first place and who will make the heyday of the Australian Tennis Team including a victory in the Davis Cup in 1999, therefore launches for the first time on the FIP Tour circuit.

Remember that he obtained a 6th place in the world in doubles in February 1999.

The 50th-year-old Australian player will play alongside 2-point Australian player Luke Morland, making the pair the 12th pair in the table.

The former doubles champion, a serve-volley specialist, could surprise us in Australia. To be continued.

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.