Us Aussies love our sport, and as Australia's greatest singles tennis player, two-time US Open champ and current Davis Cup coach, there’s every reason to love Queensland-born tennis legend Pat Rafter.
But Pat’s not just a hero in sport. In 2002 he was named Australian of the Year, cementing his position as an all-round exceptional Australian person.
As Bonds ambassador since the early 2000s we’ve had the privilege of getting up-close-and-personal with a laid-back and generous bloke who has dedicated his energy (and earnings) to charities such as the Starlight Children's Foundation and his own project Cherish the Children Foundation which he officially launched in February 1999.
During his tennis career Pat demonstrated exemplary fair-play practice, meriting a great deal of respect and admiration from his fellow players and a world of tennis and sports fans alike.
Since retiring from professional tennis at the end of 2001, life has become a little less serious for Pat.
Among spending time with his wife and children at the beach, surfing, playing tennis (of course!) and supporting his beloved Brisbane-based football teams, he can commonly be found joking around in his fave trunks, belting out a tune on TV, supporting the ‘lil nippers program or protecting men from dodgy undies!