Christopher O'Connell

  • Age22
  • Born 3 June 1994
  • Birth PlaceSydney, Australia
  • LivesSydney, Australia
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachFernando Ibarrola
“I feel a lot more comfortable in tighter situations and I’m able to play at a consistent high level more often now.”

— Christopher O'Connell, 16 Oct 2016

» O’Connell takes seesaw final in Cairns

On court

  • began playing tennis at age four
  • realised at age 16 he was good enough to follow a professional tennis career
  • favourite surface is Plexicushion
  • tennis goals are to represent Australia in Davis Cup and reach the world’s top 100
  • believes travelling is the best part of being a tennis player
  • tennis hero is Roger Federer
  • ideal mixed doubles partner would be Sam Stosur because of her good volleys
  • feels his game most closely resembles Roger Federer’s
  • dream tennis scenario would be to defeat a top 10 player in a night match at Rod Laver Arena
  • professional goals are to make a living playing tennis and to play Davis Cup for Australia

Off court

  • describes himself as relaxed, chilled, lazy, neat and cool
  • favourite city in the world is Sydney, because of its beaches
  • favourite meal is penne carbonara
  • best piece of advice he’s received: “to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”
  • his perfect day would involve spending a morning at the beach followed a coffee and nice lunch, then an afternoon watching a live band with a few beers and mates

Year-end singles ranking history

2015 567
2014 487
2012 1655
2011 1745



2016 Port Pirie F1 ITF, Serbia F1 ITF, Serbia F4 ITF, Cairns F8 ITF

2014 Croatia F12 ITF


2016 Mornington F4 ITF


Christopher O'Connell in the news

O’Connell takes seesaw final in Cairns
16 October, 2016

Chris O'Connell has overcome a 0-6 start to take the Cairns Pro Tour title over Blake Mott.
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Biggest movers: O’Connell catapults into top 300
Christopher O'Connell in action at the Australian Open 2015 Play-off; Getty Images
27 September, 2016

Christopher O'Connell has broken into the top 300 for the first time after an impressive performance on the ATP Challenger circuit in Romania.
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Biggest movers: Bernie back in top 20
Bernard Tomic in action during his victory over Kei Nishikori in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters; Getty Images
23 August, 2016

Bernard Tomic and Daria Gavrilova made moves after their impressive weeks in Cincinnati, while some Aussie young guns have risen after impressing on the ITF circuit.
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Biggest movers: Rodionova back in top 200
Arina Rodionova in action at Roland Garros; Getty Images
2 August, 2016

Arina Rodionova is back inside the top 200 after reaching the biggest final of her career, while youngster Chris O'Connell set a new career-high ranking.
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