PLAYER PROFILE

Christopher O'Connell

  • Age22
  • Born 3 June 1994
  • Birth PlaceSydney, Australia
  • LivesSydney, Australia
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachFernando Ibarrola
“The big goal of mine this year was just to play match after match. I think I’ve played about 80 this year in around 25 tournaments. I get a bit out of playing every single one whether its tactically or mentally in how to deal with situations.”

— Christopher O'Connell, 20 Nov 2016

» Sydney’s O’Connell claims Blacktown

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

Titles/Finals

Titles

2016 Port Pirie F1 ITF, Serbia F1 ITF, Serbia F4 ITF, Cairns F8 ITF, Blacktown F10 ITF

2014 Croatia F12 ITF

Finals

2016 Mornington F4 ITF

 

Christopher O'Connell in the news

Biggest movers: O’Connell, Purcell make gains
Max Purcell in action at the Toowoomba Pro Tour event in 2016; Tennis Australia
30 November, 2016

Chris O'Connell and Max Purcell have continued their breakout seasons, rising in the latest ATP rankings.
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Sydney’s O’Connell claims Blacktown
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20 November, 2016

Chris O'Connell has defeated fellow Sydney local Max Purcell in the Blacktown final, earning his fifth ITF Futures title of 2016.
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Purcell halts Banes to reach Blacktown semi
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28:  Max Purcell of Australia plays a forehand in his junior quarter finals match against Oliver Anderson of Australia during the Australian Open 2016 Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Getty Images)
18 November, 2016

Local teen Max Purcell has snapped Maverick Banes' seven-match winning streak at the Blacktown Pro Tour event.
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O’Connell takes seesaw final in Cairns
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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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