PLAYER PROFILE

Max Purcell

  • Age21
  • Born 3 April 1998
  • Birth PlaceSydney, (New South Wales)
  • LivesSydney, (New South Wales)
  • Height185 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachPeter Luczak
“I feel I'm moving forward well, I'm volleying well, I'm applying a lot of pressure and then I can also play from the back and defend when I need to. So I feel like maybe players are struggling to know how to play me.”

— Max Purcell, 13 Dec 2019

» Smith v Purcell in AO Play-off final

On court

  • semifinalist in the 2011 Australian Optus 12s Autumn Nationals
  • won his first professional title with a stunning victory at the Gimcheon ATP Challenger in July 2016; at world No.762 he became the second lowest-ranked winner of a Challenger title since 2000
  • Won first professional title on Australian soil at the Mornington Pro Tour clay-court event in April 2018
  • realised at age 14 or 15 he was good enough to try and play professionally
  • looks up to Lleyton Hewitt and many other Australian pros

Off court

  • favourite city in the world is his hometown Sydney
  • if he wasn’t a tennis player would be a cricketer
  • favourite food is Mexican

Year-end singles ranking history

2018 287
2017 278
2016 324
2015 1431

Titles/Finals

Titles

2018 Mornington F4 ITF

2017 Japan F2 ITF, Pattaya F9 ITF

2016 Gimcheon CH

Finals

2019 Seoul CH

2018 Mornington F3 ITF

2017 Indonesia F6 ITF

2016 Blacktown F10 ITF

Max Purcell in the news

Smith v Purcell in AO Play-off final
Max Purcell (R) and John-Patrick Smith won their AO Play-off semifinals on Friday at Melbourne Park. (Photo: Elizabeth Bai/Tennis Australia)
4 hours ago

After coming through their semifinals in straight sets on Friday, Max Purcell and John-Patrick Smith will go head-to-head for an Australian Open main draw wildcard.
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Bolt powers into AO Play-off semifinals
MOVING ON: Top seed Alex Bolt is into the semifinals of the AO 2020 Play-off. Picture: Getty Images
11 December, 2019

The final four is set in the AO Play-off men's singles draw, with Alex Bolt, Max Purcell, John-Patrick Smith and Maverick Banes still in contention for a coveted Australian…
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AO Play-off: Schoolkate stuns Harris in five
Tristan Schoolkate (Getty Images)
9 December, 2019

18/u Australian champion Tristan Schoolkate, a wildcard entry into the AO Play-off, upsets No.2 seed Andrew Harris in five sets on Monday at Melbourne Park.
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Inglis, Bolt top seeds for AO Play-off
Maddison Inglis (Getty Images)
8 December, 2019

Maddison Inglis and Alex Bolt head the 16-player fields for the men's and women's AO Play-off events at Melbourne Park, beginning Monday.
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