PLAYER PROFILE

Christopher O'Connell

7
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
119
ATP
RANKING
  • Age26
  • Born 3 June 1994
  • Birth PlaceSydney, Australia
  • LivesSydney, Australia
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachFernando Ibarrola
“Getting into the Top 100 is a huge goal of mine and I’m not far off now”

— Christopher O'Connell, 16 Jan 2020

» O’Connell bows out in Bendigo quarters

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
  • won a tour-leading 72 matches in 2019, claiming two ATP Challenger and three ITF Futures titles after beginning the season without an ATP ranking
  • won his first Grand Slam main draw match at the US Open in 2020

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
  • spent six months working part-time as a tennis coach and cleaning boats on Sydney’s Pittwater Harbour while sidelined with a knee injury in 2018

Year-end ranking history

2020 119
2019 128
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

Australian tennis in 2020: By the numbers
LEADING THE WAY: Ash Barty and John Millman. Pictures: Getty Images
29 December, 2020

As the year draws to a close, we look back on some of the defining numbers for the top-ranked Australian players in 2020.
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Celebrating new ranking highs in 2020
NEW HIGHS: Maddison Inglis and James Duckworth both achieved career-high rankings in both singles and doubles in 2020. Pictures: Getty Images
27 December, 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, we take a look at the top-ranked Australian players who set new career-high rankings in the past year.
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Australian Open wildcards bring early Christmas cheer
Crowds at Australian Open 2020. (Getty Images)
24 December, 2020

The first wildcard recipients for Australian Open 2021 have been revealed ...
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Getting to know: Christopher O’Connell
Christopher O'Connell in action at the UTR Pro Tennis Series in July. Picture: Tennis Australia
14 December, 2020

Find out more about Christopher O'Connell, who reached new heights in 2020 and is verging on a top-100 breakthrough.
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