Christopher O'Connell
Christopher O'Connell
Christopher O'Connell
Christopher O'Connell
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  • Personal
  • Career
    • Nickname is Chris.
    • Father, Ian; mother, Christine; brother, Ben; sister, Emily.
    • Began playing tennis at age 4 with mom.
    • Grew up on the northern beaches in Sydney and says he has "that relaxed beach lifestyle in me."
    • Was also an avid runner as a child and says he loved running around hitting the tennis ball.
    • Won Australian Under-14 National Championship.
    • Favourite shot is backhand, surface is clay and tournament is Australian Open.
    • Tennis idol is 2004 Roland Garros champion Gaston Gaudio.
    • Enjoys rugby league. Favourite team is Newcastle Knights. Hero is Knights legend Andrew Johns.
    • Also admires baseball player Mike Trout.
    • Favourite superhero is Batman and book is Wolf of the Plains by Conn Iggulden.
    • Enjoys music of Australian rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
    • Favourite TV show is The Wire, movie is The Shawshank Redemption and actor is Brad Pitt.
    • Likes to surf and says his best quality is his determination.
    • Favourite school subject was art and favourite food is sushi.
    • Missed 18 months from 2012-14 with a stress fracture of his back and 8 months in 2018 with knee tendinitis.‚Äč Also caught pneumonia in 2017.
    • In 2018, stopped playing tennis to clean boats with his brother: "At that stage I was thinking that I'm having too many injuries and wanted to get away from tennis. I was thinking to coach kids and maybe do clinics, but I didn't want to step on a tennis court anymore. I decided to do something completely weird. I lived on a little bay in Sydney and my brother Ben was there too. He invited me to come clean boats with him. I was thinking, 'Sweet, I don't have to teach anyone to hit a forehand and I can just clean boats and relax.'That's what I did for the morning and afternoon and I'd ride my bike down to the bay. It was incredibly frustrating, because I was 23 at the time and life was going so quickly. I felt like I hadn't gotten anything from the game yet and hadn't reached my potential. But I always had in the back of my mind that I was going to get back out there once I was healthy and ready. When I decided to come back in 2019, I had a breakthrough year."

    (UPDATED 21 AUGUST2023)

    • Unranked to begin 2019, broke into Top 200 in September 2019 and ended 2022 season at year-end bestNo. 78. Reachedcareer-high ranking No. 67in July 2023 after 3R at Wimbledon (l. to Eubanks). Won a personal-best 15 matches in 2023.
    • Advanced to 1st ATP Tour SF at 2022 San Diego after reaching 1st ATP Tour QF at 2021 Atlanta as Q.
    • At 2023 Munich, upset World No. 16 Zverev en route to SF (l. to eventual champion No. 7 Rune).
    • Qualified at 6 tour-level events in 2022, including hometown tournament in Sydney.
    • Defeated No. 13 Schwartzman for biggest win of career and to reach 2022 Australian Open 3R as WC.
    • Played 108 main draw and qualifying singlesmatches across all tours in 2019, posting 50-11 record onITF World Tennis Tour with 3 titles in 10 finals.


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