PLAYER PROFILE

Chris O'Neil

  • Age66
  • Born19 March 1956
  • Birth PlaceNewcastle, New South Wales
  • Playing StatusRetired

A serve-volleyer, Chris O’Neil was the last Australian woman to win the national title, coming from long odds to upset American Betsy Nagelsen 6-3 7-6 in 1978 at Kooyong.

Her highest world ranking was No.80 in the same year.

Chris O'Neil in the news

Chris O’Neil happy to hand over Australian Open history
Chris O'Neil with Billie Jean King at Australian Open 2018; Getty Images
29 January, 2022

Chris O’Neil, the last Australian player to triumph at the Australian Open 44 years ago, is delighted at the possibility of world No.1 Ash Barty taking that mantle.
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Ash Barty in elite company with Australian Open quarterfinal run
Ash Barty during her fourth-round win at Australian Open 2021. Picture: Tennis Australia
17 February, 2021

Ash Barty is creating history at Australian Open 2021 and reaffirming her status as one of Australia's best-performing players over the past four decades.
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