PLAYER PROFILE

Christopher O'Connell

10
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
174
ATP
RANKING
  • Age27
  • 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

Sharma into final round of US Open qualifying
Astra Sharma. Picture: Tennis Australia
27 August, 2021

Astra Sharma has advanced to the final round in the US Open 2021 women's singles qualifying competition.
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US Open 2021: Singles draws revealed
Alex de Minaur and Ash Barty lead the Australian charge at the 2021 US Open. Pictures: Getty Images
27 August, 2021

Find out who our Australian players face in their opening-round singles matches at the US Open ...
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Three Aussies ready to continue US Open qualifying campaigns
Australian contenders Astra Sharma, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Chris O'Connell. Pictures: Tennis Australia
26 August, 2021

Astra Sharma, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Chris O'Connell have advanced to the second round in the US Open 2021 qualifying competition.
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Mixed fortunes for Australians in US Open qualifying
Australia's Christopher O'Connell. Picture: Getty Images
26 August, 2021

Chris O'Connell and Thanasi Kokkinakis led the Australian charge on day two of the US Open singles qualifying competition in New York.
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