Max Purcell
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Max Purcell

Max Purcell
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Born (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 23)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$ 696,852
Singles
Career record5-5
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 190 (19 July 2021)
Current rankingNo. 190 (19 July 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2020)
French OpenQ2 (2020)
WimbledonQ1 (2018)
US OpenQ2 (2018)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2021)
Doubles
Career record22-25
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 38 (2 November 2020)
Current rankingNo. 43 (21 June 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2020)
French Open3R (2021)
Wimbledon3R (2021)
US Open1R (2020)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2021)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2021)
Wimbledon2R (2021)
Last updated on: 21 June 2021.

Max Purcell (born 3 April 1998) is an Australian tennis player. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 190 achieved on 19 July 2021 and his doubles ranking is World No. 38 achieved on 2 November 2020. He reached the doubles final at the 2020 Australian Open partnering Luke Saville. As a junior, he reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open boys' singles event and semifinals of the Boys' doubles event. Purcell represented Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics in tennis in singles and doubles, partnering John Peers.

Professional career

2016-2019: Early career

In July 2016, Purcell qualified for and won the Gimcheon Challenger in South Korea against fellow Australian Andrew Whittington. Purcell was ranked No. 762 in the world leading into the tournament, making him the second lowest-ranked player to win an ATP Challenger title in 16 years.[1] He finished the season ranked 324 in the world.

In 2017, Purcell received a wildcard into the Australian Open doubles event, where he partnered Alex De Minaur. The duo lost in the opening round to Spanish pairing Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta. Purcell made four Futures Tour finals in 2017, claiming three titles. He finished the year ranked No. 277 in the world.

2020: Grand Slam singles debut and doubles final

In January, Purcell made his Grand Slam singles debut after qualifying for the 2020 Australian Open.[2] He lost to Jannik Sinner in the first round in straight sets. At the same tournament, he paired with Luke Saville as a wildcard in the Men's Doubles, where they reached the final losing to 11th seeded pair American Rajeev Ram and Brit Joe Salisbury. The pair also reached their second final of the season of the 2020 Astana Open where they lost to Belgians Sander Gillé/Joran Vliegen.

2021: First ATP semifinal, top 200 and Olympics

Purcell commenced the 2021 season at the 2021 Great Ocean Road Open, where he defeated Norbert Gombos for his first ATP main draw win.[3] Purcell was defeated by Karen Khachanov in the second round.[4]

Purcell earned his first win against an opponent in the top 20 after beating World No. 16 and top seed Gaël Monfils at the Eastbourne as a Lucky Loser to reach his first ATP singles quarterfinal[5] and then recorded another win over Andreas Seppi to reach his first semifinal. He lost to another Italian Lorenzo Sonego.[6] Following this great run, in July he won his second Challenger singles title, the 2021 President's Cup (tennis) in Nur Sultan. As a result he entered the top 200 at a career-high in singles of No. 190 on 19 July 2021.

At the 2020 Olympics, Purcell was entered as a last-minute alternate for Andy Murray, who had withdrawn due to a right quad injury.[7] Purcell recorded his biggest career win and first over a top 20 player, defeating world no. 15 Félix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets. Purcell also replaced Alex de Minaur in the doubles event after he tested positive for COVID-19.[8] Purcell partnered John Peers but lost in the first round.[9]

Significant finals

Grand Slam tournament finals

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2020 Australian Open Hard Australia Luke Saville United States Rajeev Ram
United Kingdom Joe Salisbury
4-6, 2-6

ATP career finals

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-1)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0-0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-2)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0-1)
Indoor (0-1)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Feb 2020 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard Australia Luke Saville United States Rajeev Ram
United Kingdom Joe Salisbury
4-6, 2-6
Loss 0-2 Nov 2020 Astana Open, Kazakhstan 250 Series Hard (i) Australia Luke Saville Belgium Sander Gillé
Belgium Joran Vliegen
5-7, 3-6

Challenger and Futures finals

Singles: 10 (6-4)

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (2-1)
ITF Futures Tour (4-3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5-3)
Clay (1-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 May 2016 Gimcheon, South Korea Challenger Hard Australia Andrew Whittington 3-6, 7-6(8-6), 5-1 ret.
Loss 1-1 Nov 2016 Australia F10, Blacktown Futures Hard Australia Christopher O'Connell 2-6, 2-6
Win 2-1 Mar 2017 Japan F2, Nishit?ky? Futures Hard Japan Yusuke Takahashi 7-5, 7-6(10-8)
Loss 2-2 Apr 2017 Indonesia F6, Jakarta Futures Hard Chinese Taipei Chen Ti 3-6, 4-6
Win 3-2 Oct 2017 Thailand F8, Nonthaburi Futures Hard Latvia Martins Podzus 6-7(7-9), 6-2, 7-6(7-4)
Win 4-2 Oct 2017 Thailand F9, Pattaya Futures Hard (i) Chinese Taipei Wu Tung-lin 6-2, 6-2
Loss 4-3 Mar 2018 Australia F3, Mornington Futures Clay Australia Marc Polmans 6-7(5-7), 2-6
Win 5-3 Apr 2018 Australia F4, Mornington Futures Clay Australia Marc Polmans 7-5, 6-4
Loss 5-4 May 2019 Seoul, South Korea Challenger Hard South Korea Kwon Soon-woo 5-7, 5-7
Win 6-4 Jul 2021 Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Challenger Hard United Kingdom Jay Clarke 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(8-6)

Doubles: 18 (12-6)

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (11-4)
ITF Futures Tour (1-2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (12-5)
Clay (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Oct 2015 Australia F8, Toowoomba Futures Hard Australia Jake Delaney Australia Steven de Waard
Australia Marc Polmans
4-6, 3-6
Win 1-1 Aug 2017 Lexington, USA Challenger Hard Australia Alex Bolt France Tom Jomby
United States Eric Quigley
7-5, 6-4
Win 2-1 Oct 2017 Thailand F9, Pattaya Futures Hard (i) Chinese Taipei Chen Ti Hong Kong Skyler Butts
China Li Yuanfeng
6-1, 6-1
Win 3-1 Nov 2017 Toyota, Japan Challenger Hard (i) Australia Andrew Whittington Philippines Ruben Gonzales
Indonesia Christopher Rungkat
6-3, 2-6, [10-8]
Loss 3-2 Mar 2018 Australia F3, Mornington Futures Clay Australia Tom Evans Chinese Taipei Hsu Yu-hsiou
Australia Matthew Romios
3-6, 3-6
Loss 3-3 Aug 2018 Vancouver, Canada Challenger Hard Australia Marc Polmans United Kingdom Luke Bambridge
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6-4, 3-6, [6-10]
Loss 3-4 Oct 2018 Traralgon, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville Australia Jeremy Beale
Australia Marc Polmans
2-6, 4-6
Win 4-4 Nov 2018 Bangalore, India Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville India Purav Raja
Croatia Antonio ?an?i?
7-6(7-3), 6-3
Win 5-4 Jan 2019 Playford, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville Uruguay Ariel Behar
Spain Enrique López Pérez
6-4, 7-5
Win 6-4 Feb 2019 Launceston, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville Japan Hiroki Moriya
Egypt Mohamed Safwat
7-5, 6-4
Loss 6-5 Mar 2019 Yokohama, Japan Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville Tunisia Moez Echargui
Tunisia Skander Mansouri
6-7(6-8), 7-6(7-3), [7-10]
Loss 6-6 Mar 2019 Zhuhai, China, P.R. Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville China Gong Maoxin
China Zhang Ze
4-6, 4-6
Win 7-6 Mar 2019 Zhangjiagang, China, P.R. Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville Mexico Hans Hach
India Sriram Balaji
6-2, 7-6(7-5)
Win 8-6 Apr 2019 Anning, China, P.R. Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville Netherlands David Pel
Chile Hans Podlipnik Castillo
4-6, 7-5, [10-5]
Win 9-6 May 2019 Seoul, South Korea Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville Belgium Ruben Bemelmans
Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky
6-4, 7-6(9-7)
Win 10-6 Jul 2019 Binghamton, United States Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville United States Alex Lawson
United States JC Aragone
6-4, 4-6, [10-5]
Win 11-6 Oct 2019 Traralgon, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville United Kingdom Brydan Klein
Australia Scott Puodziunas
6-7(2-7), 6-3, [10-4]
Win 12-6 Jan 2020 Bendigo, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Luke Saville Israel Jonathan Erlich
Belarus Andrei Vasilevski
7-6(7-3), 7-6(7-3)

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Current through the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q1 Q1 1R Q2 0 / 1 0-1
French Open A A A Q2 A 0 / 0 0-0
Wimbledon A Q1 A NH A 0 / 0 0-0
US Open A Q1 Q2 A 0 / 0 0-0
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 / 1 0-1

Doubles

Current through the 2021 Wimbledon Championships

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 1R F 2R 0 / 5 7-5
French Open A A A 1R 3R 0 / 2 2-2
Wimbledon A A 1R NH 3R 0 / 2 2-2
US Open A A A 1R 0 / 1 0-1
Win-Loss 0-1 1-1 0-2 5-3 5-3 0 / 10 11-10
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A NH 0 / 0 0-0
Miami Open A A A NH A 0 / 0 0-0
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A NH A 0 / 0 0-0
Madrid Open A A A NH 2R 0 / 1 1-1
Italian Open A A A QF 1R 0 / 2 2-2
Canadian Open A A A NH 0 / 0 0-1
Cincinnati Masters A A A 1R 0 / 1 0-1
Shanghai Masters A A A NH 0 / 0 0-0
Paris Masters A A A 1R 0 / 1 0-1
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-3 1-2 0 / 5 4-5
Year-end ranking 226 128 88 38

References

  1. ^ "Purcell scores breakthrough Challenger win - News - Tennis Australia". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "MAX PURCELL QUALIFIES FOR AUSTRALIAN OPEN MAIN DRAW". Tennis Australia. 17 January 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Australians Chris O'Connell, Aleksander Vukic and Max Purcell achieved new milestones". Tennis Australia. 1 February 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "Thompson Advances at Great Ocean Road". Tennis Australia. 3 February 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/news/purcell-monfils-eastbourne-2021-wednesday
  6. ^ https://timesnewsexpress.com/news/world/australia/aussie-max-purcells-tennis-dream-coming-true-at-eastbourne/
  7. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/news/murray-olympics-2021-singles-withdrawal
  8. ^ "Replacement Max Huge Tennis Upset". ESPN. 26 July 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Max Purcell's Stunning Olympic Debut Ends". Tennis Australia. 26 July 2021. Retrieved 2021.

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