Christopher O'Connell

  • Age24
  • Born 3 June 1994
  • Birth PlaceSydney, Australia
  • LivesSydney, Australia
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachFernando Ibarrola
“I decided this year just to play a lot of matches. I think I've played over 80 matches this year and I've predominantly been in Europe - I was there for about seven months just playing week-in and week-out on the clay so I've got a lot match fitness and experience.”

— Christopher O'Connell, 14 Dec 2016

» O’Connell stuns Groth in five

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



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

2014 Croatia F12 ITF


2016 Mornington F4 ITF


Christopher O'Connell in the news

De Minaur, Bolt cruise into AO Play-off semis
Alex De Minaur in action at the Australian Open 2018 Play-off; Elizabeth Xue Bai
13 December, 2017

Top two seeds Alex Bolt and Alex De Minaur were both straight-sets winners on Wednesday at the Australian Open Play-off, sealing their places in the last four.
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Biggest movers: Cabrera, Hon rise after Hong Kong wins
Lizette Cabrera (L) and Priscilla Hon were WTA quarterfinalists in Guangzhou and Seoul respectively; Getty Images
17 October, 2017

After more success on the WTA tour, Lizette Cabrera and Priscilla Hon continued their rise up the rankings thanks to impressive showings last week in Hong Kong.
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Biggest movers: Jasika vaults close to career-high
Omar Jasika in action; Getty Images
7 February, 2017

Omar Jasika has come within just a few spots of his career-high ranking after winning his first ATP Challenger title in Burnie at the weekend.
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O’Connell awarded final Australian Open wildcard
Christopher O'Connell will play at the Australian Open as a wildcard
8 January, 2017

Chris O’Connell has soared to new heights, qualifying for Apia International Sydney and scoring a golden ticket into Australian Open 2017
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