Julie Pullin

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Julie Pullin
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Residence Brighton & Hove, Sussex
Born (1975-11-05) 5 November 1975 (age 40)
Cuckfield, Sussex, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1993
Retired 2003
Plays Left-handed
Prize money US$421,976
Career record 302–283
Career titles 0 WTA (8 ITF)
Highest ranking No. 125 (10 April 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2000
French Open
Wimbledon 1R (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
US Open
Career record 255–183
Career titles 0 WTA (16 ITF)
Highest ranking 67 (2 February 1998)

Julie Pullin (born 5 November 1975), now Julie Hobbs, is a former British female tennis player who turned professional in 1993. She won 8 International Tennis Federation singles titles and 26 ITF doubles titles in her career, many with compatriot Lorna Woodroffe. She is most well known for receiving 9 wildcards over her career for the Ladies' Singles at The Championships, Wimbledon, but failing to win a match.

She reached her career-high WTA singles ranking of 125 in April 2000, after she achieved her best performance in a Grand Slam, qualifying and reaching the second round of the Australian Open for the first time.[1] Pullin had defeated Slovakian 15th seed Martina Sucha in the first round of qualifying 6-4 7-5, Gloria Pizzichini 6-4 6-0 in the second round and American Samantha Reeves in the final round 6-2 7-6(9). She defeated another American, Jane Chi 6-1 6-3 in the first round proper, before narrowly losing to Chinese wildcard Jing-Qian Yi 6-3 2-6 9-7. It was the only tournament where Pullin won a main draw Grand Slam match in singles.

She reached the second round of the Wimbledon Ladies' Doubles tournament once in 2000, with Woodroffe, beating Dawn Buth and Julie Thu 6-4 6-1, before losing to the 14th seeded Anke Huber and Barbara Schett in the second round.

She announced her retirement in 2003, after playing her last professional singles match in the first round at Wimbledon, losing 6-1 6-3 to Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya.

Personal life[edit]

Pullin was born in Cuckfield in Sussex to her father, Alan Pullin, and her tennis coach mother Andrea. She had two brothers, Roger and Keith, and a sister Vicki. She was coached during her career by Leighton Alfred.

Pullin's married name is now Hobbs and under that name she is now the Head Coach at the Pavilion and Avenue Tennis Club in Brighton.[2]


  1. ^ "Pullin flies British flag". London: www.bbc.co.uk. 17 January 2000. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tennis Coaching Team". 
Preceded by
Louise Latimer
Lucie Ahl
Lucie Ahl
British Tennis number one
10 April 2000 – 16 April 2000
6 August 2001 - 17 March 2002
6 May 2002 – 22 September 2002
Succeeded by
Louise Latimer
Lucie Ahl
Elena Baltacha