PLAYER PROFILE

Christopher O'Connell

  • 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

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

2016 Mornington F4 ITF

 

Christopher O'Connell in the news

First career ATP Challenger title for O’Connell
Christopher O'Connell (Getty Images)
1 hour ago

Christopher O'Connell's victory at the ATP Challenger tournament in Cordenons, Italy marks the biggest title of the Australian's career and one that has boosted…
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Match-fit O’Connell rising again
Christopher O'Connell (Getty Images)
14 August, 2019

After several years of setbacks, former world No.219 Christopher O'Connell believed he's a vastly improved player -- and it's evident in his rapidly-rising ranking.
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Biggest movers: Kyrgios Aussie men’s No.1
Nick Kyrgios celebrates his ATP title in Washington DC (Getty Images)
6 August, 2019

Nick Kyrgios' return to the world's top 30 this week has also seen him once again become Australia's No.1 male player.
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Biggest movers: Cabrera returns to top 200
Lizette Cabrera wins the ITF 80K title in Granby, Canada (photo: Sarah-Jäde Champagne/Tennis Canada)
31 July, 2019

Queensland's Lizette Cabrera jumps more than 70 places in this week's rankings after her biggest career title at the ITF 80K tournament in Granby, Canada.
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