PLAYER PROFILE

Christopher O'Connell

7
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
116
ATP
RANKING
  • Age25
  • 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

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

O’Connell bows out in Bendigo quarters
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16 January, 2020

Sydney’s Chris O’Connell falls to Italian Stefano Travaglia at the ATP Challenger in Bendigo.
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Crnokrak advances in Bendigo
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13 January, 2020

19-year-old Alexander Crnokrak upset ninth seed Hugo Gaston to reach maiden last sixteen at Bendigo ATP Challenger.
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Chris O’Connell: from washing boats to Aus Open main draw
Chris O'Connell is set for a second Australian Open main draw appearance; Getty Images
9 January, 2020

Rising from outside the top 1000 to world No.119 in 2019, wildcard recipient Chris O'Connell is now preparing for a second Australian Open main draw appearance.
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Biggest movers: vast improvement for Aussie men in 2019
(L-R) Alexei Popyrin, James Duckworth, Chris O'Connell and Andrew Harris were Australian men who enjoyed notable rankings improvements in 2019. (Getty Images)
26 November, 2019

We look back at a stellar 12 months for several of Australia's men in the ATP rankings -- and celebrate the biggest movers and improvers.
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