Alex O'Brien
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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien
Alex O'Brien 2018.jpg
O'Brien in 2018
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceAmarillo, Texas, United States
Born (1970-07-13) July 13, 1970 (age 50)
Amarillo, Texas, United States
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1992
Retired2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeStanford University
Prize money$3,527,390
Singles
Career record93-136
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 30 (July 21, 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1995, 1998)
French Open2R (1993, 1994)
Wimbledon3R (1997)
US Open3R (1996)
Doubles
Career record277-185
Career titles13
Highest rankingNo. 1 (May 8, 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1996, 1997)
French Open3R (1996)
WimbledonQF (1999, 2000)
US OpenW (1999)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1999)
Olympic Games2R (2000)

Alex O'Brien (born (1970-07-13)July 13, 1970) is a retired professional tennis player from the United States, who competed on the ATP Tour. He became the world No. 1 doubles player in May 2000 and was ranked as high as world No. 30 in singles in June 1997.

He won his only singles title at New Haven, Connecticut, in 1996 and reached the quarterfinals of the 1994 Cincinnati Masters and the 1996 Canada Masters. He won 13 doubles titles, the biggest coming at the US Open in 1999, the Cincinnati Masters in 1994 (his first doubles title), the Indian Wells Masters in 2000, and the Paris Masters in 1999.

Tennis career

Alongside his 13 titles, O'Brien also reached 20 doubles finals, including the Australian Open in 1996 & 1997, the U.S. Open in 1995, the Miami Masters in 1998, and the Canada Masters and the Rome Masters in 1997.

He also played on the United States Davis Cup team, competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and was a four-time All-American at Stanford University, where he won NCAA singles, doubles, and team titles in 1992. He earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies at Stanford in 1992.[]

On leaving his tennis career O'Brien founded an online business which markets, and distributes steaks. The O'Brien family has been in the beef business for 60 years basing their production out of the LIT Ranch. O'Brien is currently President and part owner of the Bank of Commerce, a small community online bank with branches in Amarillo and McLean Texas.[]

Grand Slam finals

Men's doubles (1 title, 3 runners-ups)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1995 U.S. Open Hard Australia Sandon Stolle Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 1996 Australian Open Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Sweden Stefan Edberg
Czech Republic Petr Korda
5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 1-6
Runner-up 1997 Australian Open Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6-4, 5-7, 5-7, 3-6
Winner 1999 U.S. Open Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
7-6(9-7), 6-4

ATP career finals

Men's doubles: 33 (13 titles, 20 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam (1-3)
Tennis Masters Cup (1-1)
ATP Masters Series (4-3)
ATP Championship Series (2-4)
ATP Tour (5-9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (10-14)
Clay (0-4)
Grass (1-1)
Carpet (2-1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Jan 1994 Oahu, U.S. Hard United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Tom Nijssen
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
4-6, 4-6
Loss 2. Feb 1994 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard Australia Sandon Stolle Sweden Jan Apell
United States Ken Flach
0-6, 4-6
Win 1. Aug 1994 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard Australia Sandon Stolle South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Australia Mark Kratzmann
6-7, 6-3, 6-2
Loss 3. Feb 1995 San Jose, U.S. Hard (i) Australia Sandon Stolle United States Jim Grabb
United States Patrick McEnroe
6-3, 5-7, 0-6
Loss 4. May 1995 Pinehurst, U.S. Clay Australia Sandon Stolle Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
2-6, 4-6
Loss 5. Sep 1995 U.S. Open, New York Hard Australia Sandon Stolle Australia Todd Woodbridge
United States Mark Woodforde
3-6, 3-6
Loss 6. Jan 1996 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Sweden Stefan Edberg
Czech Republic Petr Korda
5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 1-6
Loss 7. Jun 1996 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3-6, 6-7(3-7)
Win 2. Oct 1996 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) Canada Sébastien Lareau Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Loss 8. Nov 1996 Doubles Championships, Hartford Carpet Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
4-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-7
Loss 9. Jan 1997 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6-4, 5-7, 5-7, 3-6
Win 3. Mar 1997 Philadelphia, U.S. Hard (i) Canada Sébastien Lareau South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Patrick Galbraith
6-3, 6-3
Loss 10. Apr 1997 Orlando, U.S. Clay United States Jeff Salzenstein The Bahamas Mark Merklein
United States Vince Spadea
4-6, 6-4, 4-6
Loss 11. May 1997 Rome, Italy Clay Zimbabwe Byron Black The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
3-6, 6-4, 5-7
Win 4. Jul 1997 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
United States Rick Leach
7-6, 6-4
Loss 12. Aug 1997 Montreal, Canada Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
6-7, 3-6
Loss 13. Aug 1997 New Haven, U.S. Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
4-6, 7-6, 2-6
Loss 14. Oct 1997 Beijing, China Hard (i) United States Jim Courier India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
5-7, 6-7
Loss 15. Mar 1998 Miami, U.S. Hard United States Jonathan Stark South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
2-6, 4-6
Win 5. Apr 1998 Hong Kong Hard Zimbabwe Byron Black South Africa Neville Godwin
Finland Tuomas Ketola
7-5, 6-1
Loss 16. May 1998 Atlanta, U.S. Clay United States Richey Reneberg South Africa Ellis Ferreira
South Africa Brent Haygarth
3-6, 6-0, 2-6
Loss 17. Aug 1998 New Haven, U.S. Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Peter Tramacchi
6-7, 6-1, 3-6
Win 6. Nov 1998 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
6-3, 3-6, 7-5
Win 7. Jan 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard United States Jared Palmer South Africa Piet Norval
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6-3, 6-4
Loss 18. Feb 1999 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) Canada Sebastiean Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3-6, 4-6
Win 8. Jun 1999 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6-3, 7-6
Win 9. Sep 1999 U.S. Open, New York City Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
7-6(9-7), 6-4
Win 10. Nov 1999 Paris, France Carpet Canada Sébastien Lareau Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
United States Jared Palmer
7-6(9-7), 7-5
Win 11. Nov 1999 Doubles Championships, Hartford Carpet Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Loss 19. Jan 2000 Doha, Qatar Hard United States Jared Palmer The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Belarus Max Mirnyi
3-6, 4-6
Win 12. Mar 2000 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard United States Jared Palmer Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Australia Sandon Stolle
6-4, 7-6(7-5)
Win 13. Aug 2000 Washington D.C., U.S. Hard United States Jared Palmer United States Andre Agassi
Armenia Sargis Sargsian
7-5, 6-1
Loss 20. Feb 2001 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3-6, 6-7(3-7)

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A 1R 1R F F 3R 1R SF 3R A A 0 / 8 18-8
French Open A A A A 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 8 4-8
Wimbledon A A A A 2R 3R 3R 1R 2R QF QF 1R A A 0 / 8 12-8
U.S. Open A A 1R 1R 3R F QF 2R 3R W SF 1R A A 1 / 10 23-9
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 34 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 3-4 8-4 12-4 7-4 5-4 9-3 11-4 2-4 0-0 0-0 N/A 57-33
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A 2R 2R QF SF 1R W 2R A A 1 / 7 13-6
Miami A A A A 2R 3R QF 3R F 2R SF 1R A A 0 / 8 12-8
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A A A SF A A A 0 / 1 3-1
Rome A A A A A A 2R F A 2R QF 1R A A 0 / 5 8-5
Hamburg A A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R A A 0 / 2 0-2
Canada A A A QF SF 1R QF F 1R 2R 2R 2R A A 0 / 9 13-9
Cincinnati A A A 2R W 2R 2R SF 1R 2R 1R 2R A A 1 / 9 12-8
Stuttgart (Stockholm) A A A A QF 1R W SF W QF 2R A A A 2 / 7 14-5
Paris A A A A QF 1R 2R 1R 2R W SF A A A 1 / 7 8-6
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 1 / 5 0 / 6 1 / 7 0 / 7 1 / 6 1 / 7 1 / 9 0 / 6 0 / 0 0 / 0 5 / 55 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-2 12-4 3-6 11-6 14-7 13-5 8-6 16-8 3-6 0-0 0-0 N/A 83-50
Year End Ranking 619 646 188 113 25 31 15 7 20 7 8 80 1080 1115 N/A

A = did not attend tournament

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