Max Purcell
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Max Purcell

Max Purcell
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Purcell at the 2021 French Open
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Born (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 24)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2016
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,228,390
Singles
Career record6-9
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 157 (13 June 2022)
Current rankingNo. 157 (13 June 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (2020)
French OpenQ2 (2020)
Wimbledon1R (2022)
US Open1R (2021)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2021)
Doubles
Career record38-35
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 25 (11 April 2022)
Current rankingNo. 32 (9 May 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian OpenF (2020, 2022)
French Open3R (2021)
Wimbledon3R (2021)
US OpenQF (2021)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2021)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2021)
Wimbledon2R (2021)
US OpenSF (2021)
Last updated on: 13 June 2022.

Max Purcell (born 3 April 1998) is an Australian professional tennis player. His career-high singles ranking is world No. 157, achieved on 13 June 2022, and his doubles ranking is world No. 25 achieved on 11 April 2022. He reached the men's doubles final at the 2020 Australian Open partnering Luke Saville, and the 2022 Australian Open partnering Matthew Ebden. As a junior, he reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open boys' singles event and semifinals of the boys' doubles. 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 García López and Pablo Carreño 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, top 40 in doubles

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 in singles, Olympics singles and doubles debut, top 30 in doubles

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 Tokyo 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 after he tested positive for COVID-19 in the doubles event,[8] where he partnered John Peers but lost in the first round.[9]

In August 2021, Purcell reached the third round of the 2021 Winston-Salem Open. He re-entered the ATP top 200 in singles as a result.[10]

He reached the quarterfinals in doubles at the 2021 US Open partnering Matthew Ebden where they lost to 4th seeds and eventual champions Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram. He was also selected as a wildcard in the singles main draw for his debut at this Major but lost in the first round again to 13th seed Jannik Sinner.

On 20 September 2021, and following a quarterfinal result at Cary Challenger, Purcell achieved a career high singles ranking of World No. 189.[11] He followed this by a final also in singles at the 2021 Columbus Challenger where he lost to Stefan Kozlov. He reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 175 and doubles ranking of No. 28 on 18 October 2021.

2022: ATP Cup debut, Second Australian Open final & top 25 debut, Maiden doubles title

In January 2022, Purcell made his debut representing Australia at the 2022 ATP Cup, losing to Jannik Sinner in the round robin stage. Purcell reached the second round of Australian Open Men's single qualifying.[12]

In the men's doubles, Purcell partnered once more with Ebden. After defeating Jonathan Erlich and André Göransson in the first round,[13] they went on to topple four seeded teams consecutively en route to Purcell's second men's doubles final and their first-ever doubles final as a pair overall. In the second round, Ebden and Purcell beat fourth seeds Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah from a set down[14] before reaching the third round, where they defeated thirteenth seeds Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan in straight sets to make the quarterfinals. This showing earned the pair their second Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance together.[15] In the quarterfinals, they knocked out tenth seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski from a set down and through the final ten-point deciding set tiebreak to reach the semifinals.[16] Together with Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios, Ebden and Purcell made it the most Australians to reach this stage of the men's doubles tournament in 29 years, since 1993, and the first time since 1985 that two all-Australian pairings contested the semifinals.[17] Their quarterfinals win set them up for a match against second seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, where they saved four set points in the second set to defeat the pair in straight sets to reach the final. Ebden and Purcell faced Kokkinakis and Kyrgios in the final, the first in men's doubles at the Australian Open to feature two all-Australian teams since 1980,[18] where they ultimately lost in straight sets.[19]

Significant finals

Grand Slam tournament finals

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-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
Loss 2022 Australian Open Hard Australia Matthew Ebden Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis
Australia Nick Kyrgios
5-7, 4-6

ATP career finals

Doubles: 5 (1 title, 4 runners-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-2)
ATP Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP Tour 500 Series (0-0)
ATP Tour 250 Series (1-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-3)
Clay (1-0)
Grass (0-1)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1-3)
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
Loss 0-3 Jan 2022 Australian Open,
Australia
Grand Slam Hard Australia Matthew Ebden Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis
Australia Nick Kyrgios
5-7, 4-6
Win 1-3 Apr 2022 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships,
United States
250 Series Clay Australia Matthew Ebden Serbia Ivan Sabanov
Serbia Matej Sabanov
6-3, 6-3
Loss 1-4 Jun 2022 Rosmalen Championships,
Netherlands
250 Series Grass Australia Matthew Ebden Netherlands Wesley Koolhof
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6-4, 5-7, [6-10]

Challenger and Futures finals

Singles: 11 (6-5)

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (2-2)
ITF Futures Tour (4-3)
Titles by surface
Hard (5-4)
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)
Loss 6-5 Sep 2021 Columbus, United States Challenger Hard United States Stefan Kozlov 6-4, 2-6, 4-6

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# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.
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 after the 2022 Australian Open

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q1 Q1 1R Q2 Q2 0 / 1 0-1
French Open A A A Q2 A Q1 0 / 0 0-0
Wimbledon A Q1 A NH A 0 / 0 0-0
US Open A Q1 Q2 A 1R 0 / 1 0-1
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 / 2 0-2

Doubles

Current through the 2022 Australian Open.

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 1R F 2R F 0 / 6 12-6
French Open A A A 1R 3R 1R 0 / 3 2-3
Wimbledon A A 1R NH 3R 0 / 2 2-2
US Open A A A 1R QF 0 / 2 3-2
Win-loss 0-1 1-1 0-2 5-3 8-4 5-2 0 / 13 19-13
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A NH A 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 1R 0 / 0 0-1
Cincinnati Masters A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0-1
Shanghai Masters A A A NH 0 / 0 0-0
Paris Masters A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0-1
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-3 1-3 0-0 0 / 6 4-6
Year-end ranking 226 128 88 38 33

Record against top 10 players

Purcell's record against players who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who are active in boldface. Only ATP Tour main draw matches are considered:

References

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  2. ^ "MAX PURCELL QUALIFIES FOR AUSTRALIAN OPEN MAIN DRAW". Tennis Australia. 17 January 2020. Retrieved 2020.
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