Andrew Whittington

  • Age23
  • Born11 August 1993
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachDes Tyson
  • Pro Since2009
“I’m a Melbourne boy and this is a dream come true for me to be able to play my first Grand Slam main draw singles at the AO.”

— Andrew Whittington, 2 Jan 2017

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On court

  • Started playing tennis aged five, having receiving a racquet for his birthday
  • Made his Australian Open junior debut in 2009 aged 15
  • First realised at age 16 that he was good enough to pursue a professional career
  • Secured the Asian/Oceania Closed Junior Championships in 2010, beating fellow Australian Ben Wagland in the final
  • Claimed the 17th Sarawak Chief Minister’s Junior Cup in Malaysia and the 22nd Mitsubishi-Lancer International Junior Championships in 2011
  • Captured his maiden ITF Futures Pro Circuit doubles titles in 2011, winning the Australian F12 and F13 events with partner Luke Saville
  • Won five ITF Futures Pro Circuit doubles titles in 2012 – in Italy, Slovenia, Germany and two on home soil
  • Favourite player is Spaniard Rafael Nadal, whom he admires for being “so professional in what he does”
  • Loves being involved in tennis for “the people you meet”
  • Career goal is to win Wimbledon
  • Favourite surface is grass
  • Toughest opponent he’s ever faced is Fernando Verdasco
  • The one match he most wishes he could replay would be his Australian Open 2014 doubles quarterfinal with Alex Bolt; the pair fell to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-2 7-6(1)
  • Dream tennis scenario would be to face Roger Federer at Wimbledon
  • Best piece of tennis advice he’s received is to practice at 100%, day in, day out
  • Ultimate professional tennis goal is to reach world No.1

Off court

  • Hobbies include playing soccer, golf, listening to music and “shooting hoops with friends”
  • His dad, Alan, also plays tennis and his mum, Sue, played netball
  • Had he not been a tennis player, he would have been a cricketer

Year-end singles ranking history

2016 170
2015 582
2014 463
2013 415
2012 772
2011 961



2016 Mornington F3 ITF, Mornington F4 ITF, Guam F1 ITF, Hong Kong F1 ITF, Hong Kong F2 ITF, Hong Kong F3 ITF

2013 Cairns F7 ITF, Cambodia F1 ITF


2016 Gimcheon Challenger

2014 Chinese Taipei F1 ITF, Wollongong F9 ITF

2013 Greece F5 ITF, Toowoomba F6 ITF

Andrew Whittington in the news

AO wildcards for De Minaur, Whittington
Alex De Minaur (L) and Andrew Whittington have been awarded Australian Open 2017 main-draw wildcards; Getty Images
2 January, 2017

Alex De Minaur and Andrew Whittington will both feature in a Grand Slam main draw for the first time after receiving main draw wildcards into Australian Open 2017.
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Smith upsets Whittington in AO Play-off
John-Patrick Smith in action at the Australian Open Play-off; Getty Images
14 December, 2016

John-Patrick Smith navigated tricky conditions at Melbourne Park to perfection on Wednesday, ousting No.1 seed Andrew Whittington to reach the semis.
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Whittington survives in five
Andrew Whittington in action during his first-round AO Play-off match against Max Purcell; Getty Images
12 December, 2016

Top seed Andrew Whittington endured a brutal five-set opening to his Australian Open Play-off campaign, eventually downing Max Purcell on a hot Melbourne day.
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Groth confident of strong AO Play-off showing
Sam Groth: Getty Images
11 December, 2016

Sam Groth feels his elite-level experience and good recent form on the ATP Challenger Tour stand him in good stead for a shot at an Australian Open 2017 wildcard.
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