PLAYER PROFILE

Christopher O'Connell

7
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
128
ATP
RANKING
  • Age25
  • Born 3 June 1994
  • Birth PlaceSydney, Australia
  • LivesSydney, Australia
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachFernando Ibarrola
“I feel like I'm a 10 times better player than I was a couple of years ago, even though I was having good results then and did have a high ranking.”

— Christopher O'Connell, 14 Aug 2019

» Match-fit O’Connell rising again

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 ranking history

2018 1185
2017 393
2016 240
2015 567
2014 487
2012 1655
2011 1745

Titles/Finals

Titles

2019 Antalya ITF, Doboj ITF, Balatonalmadi ITF, Cordenons Challenger, Fairfield Challenger

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

2014 Croatia F12 ITF

Finals

2019 Mornington #1 ITF, Mornington #2 ITF, Antalya ITF, Antalya ITF, Brcko ITF, Kiseljak ITF, Casinalbo ITF, Sibiu Challenger, Knoxville Challenger

2016 Mornington F4 ITF

Christopher O'Connell in the news

Biggest movers: Inglis cracks top 150
Maddison Inglis (Getty Images)
22 October, 2019

Maddison Inglis' breakout season continues, with the West Australian rising to a career-high ranking of No.145 this week.
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Las Vegas: Duckworth notches another Challenger final
James Duckworth in action during his first-round win over Blake Ellis at the Australian Open Play-off at Melbourne Park (photo: Elizabeth Xue Bai)
21 October, 2019

James Duckworth's impressive season continued with a trip to the final of the ATP Las Vegas Challenger, where countryman Chris O'Connell reached the semifinals.
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Biggest movers: career-best marks for O’Connell, Inglis
Maddison Inglis (L) and Christopher O'Connell (Getty Images)
15 October, 2019

Continued success for Christopher O'Connell and Maddison Inglis has seen the Australian duo hit career-high rankings this week.
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O’Connell wins Fairfield Challenger
Christopher O'Connell (Getty Images)
14 October, 2019

Christopher O'Connell's second ATP Challenger title of the year is expected to boost the Sydneysider into the world's top 150.
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