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Reilly Opelka

Reilly Opelka
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceDelray Beach, Florida, U.S.
Born (1997-08-28) August 28, 1997 (age 24)
St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.
Height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJay Berger
Jean-Yves Aubone
Prize moneyUS$3,915,111[1]
Singles
Career record87-82 (51.5% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 17 (February 28, 2022)
Current rankingNo. 18 (June 13, 2022) [2]
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2022)
French Open3R (2021)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US Open4R (2021)
Doubles
Career record21-22 (48.8%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 89 (August 2, 2021)
Current rankingNo. 164 (April 11, 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
French Open1R (2019)
US Open2R (2017)
Team competitions
Davis CupRR (2019, 2021)
Last updated on: April 11, 2022.

Reilly Opelka (born August 28, 1997) is an American professional tennis player. At 6 feet 11 inches tall, he is tied (with Ivo Karlovi?) for the tallest-ever ATP-ranked player, and can serve in the low-140 mph range. He has been ranked as high as World No. 17 in singles by the ATP, which he achieved on February 28, 2022, and in doubles of world No. 89 on August 2, 2021. He has won four ATP singles titles and one doubles title. He is a junior Wimbledon champion.

Personal life

Opelka was born in St. Joseph, Michigan and moved to Palm Coast, Florida at age 4. He didn't start playing tennis regularly until he began training through USTA in Boca Raton at 12 years old.[3] He credits Tom Gullikson, whom his father knew from playing golf, for much of his early development as a tennis player.[3][4] Opelka is close friends with Taylor Fritz and was the best man at Fritz's wedding.[5] His uncle is radio talk show host Mike Opelka.

Junior career

Opelka won the 2015 Junior Wimbledon tournament, defeating Junior world No. 1 Taylor Fritz en route to beating Mikael Ymer in the final[4][6] and reached the finals of the Boys' Doubles event (with Akira Santillan) at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.[7]

Professional career

Early years

Opelka made his ATP debut at the 2016 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, where he lost in the first round to fifth seed Sam Querrey. In August, Opelka won his first three career ATP matches at the Atlanta Open to reach the semifinals at just his third career ATP event. This included a victory over 203 cm player No. 27 Kevin Anderson in which he saved two match points on Anderson's serve. He lost in the semi-finals to top seed John Isner. He continued his momentum with first round wins at the Los Cabos Open and the Cincinnati Masters where he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky and Jérémy Chardy respectively to move into the top 300 of the ATP rankings. After struggling with a foot injury towards the end of the summer, Opelka returned to the USTA Pro Circuit for the indoor season and won his first ATP Challenger title in Charlottesville to finish the year just outside the top 200.

In 2017, Opelka got off to a good start to the season by qualifying for the Australian Open. He played No. 11 seed David Goffin in the first round and pushed him to five sets before taking the loss. At the Memphis Open, he recorded his only ATP Tour level win of the year over fellow Next Gen American Jared Donaldson.

2018: Breakthrough, top 100 year-end ranking

2018 proved to be a breakthrough year for Opelka. He won three ATP Challenger titles in the season, the first American to do so since Bradley Klahn in 2014.[8] He won his first title of the season at the Bordeaux Challenger in May.[9] In November, he won back to back titles at the Knoxville Challenger[10] and the JSM Challenger.[8] He also finished as a runner-up at Cary Challenger and Oracle Challenger.[11]

On the ATP World Tour, he reached the quarterfinals at the Delray Beach Open, picking up his first top 10 win of his burgeoning career, defeating world No. 8, Jack Sock, in the second round.

His solid performance on the ATP Challenger Tour earned him his first top-100 year-end finish in singles, ending the season at world No. 99.

2019: First ATP title, top 50 debut

At the Australian Open, Opelka upset compatriot John Isner in the first round. This was the second top 10 win of his career.[12] In February, Opelka again defeated Isner en route to his first ATP title, the New York Open. At Wimbledon in July, he achieved his best Grand Slam result to date, making it to the tournament's third round and defeating Stan Wawrinka in the process. Over the summer and fall, he reached the semifinals of tournaments in Atlanta, Tokyo, and Basel. In November, he participated in the Davis Cup Finals for the United States, ultimately losing both his rubbers. He finished the season ranked 36th in the world.

2020: Second ATP title, Masters 1000 quarterfinal

In February, Opelka lifted his second career trophy, at the Delray Beach Open. After an extended break due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, play resumed and Opelka reached his first ATP Tour Masters level quarterfinal at the Cincinnati Masters. En route he earned his fifth career top 10 win, defeating Matteo Berrettini.[13]

2021: US Open fourth round, Masters 1000 final, top 20 debut

Opelka chose not to defend his Delray Beach title. He instead began the season at the Great Ocean Road Open as the sixth seed, but lost to Botic van de Zandschulp in the second round. At the Australian Open, he beat Lu Yen-hsun before losing to 27th seed Taylor Fritz, despite holding match points in the fourth set.

In Rome, Opelka beat Richard Gasquet, Lorenzo Musetti, Aslan Karatsev and Federico Delbonis to reach his first Masters semifinal, where he lost to Rafael Nadal.[14]

Seeded 32nd at the French Open, Opelka beat clay-court specialists Andrej Martin and Jaume Munar to reach the third round, his best showing at this Grand Slam event, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev.[15]

Partnering Jannik Sinner, he won his first doubles title at the Atlanta Open defeating Steve Johnson and Jordan Thompson.[16] As a result he entered the top 100 in doubles at No. 89 on August 2, 2021. At the same tournament in singles he fell in the quarterfinals to Taylor Fritz.[17]

At the Canada Masters in Toronto, he reached his second Masters 1000 semifinal by defeating Nick Kyrgios,[18] 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov, Lloyd Harris and 10th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.[19] He then upset 3rd seed and world No. 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas, to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final. It was also his first win over a top 5 player.[20] Opelka would lose to 1st seed and world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the final.[21] With this successful run, he entered the top 25 in the ATP singles rankings for the first time at world No. 23 on August 16, 2021.[22]

At the US Open, Opelka reached the fourth round of a Major for the first time in his career. There, he lost to Lloyd Harris in four sets.[23] From this run, he cracked the top 20 in the ATP singles rankings for the first time at world No. 19 on September 13, 2021.[24]

2022: Third and Fourth ATP titles

At the 2022 Australian Open, Opelka reached the third round, where he lost to Denis Shapovalov.[25]

At the inaugural edition of the Dallas Open, Opelka won his third singles title after defeating Jenson Brooksby.[26] In the semifinals, he defeated fellow American John Isner 7-6(9-7), 7-6(24-22). The 46-point tiebreak in the second set was the longest-ever at the ATP Tour level.[27]

At the 2022 Delray Beach Open, Opelka reached his second final in as many weeks, losing to Cameron Norrie.[28] As a result he reached a new career-high ranking of world No. 18 on February 21, 2022.

At the 2022 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Opelka won his second title of the year and fourth of his career, defeating compatriot John Isner in what was the tallest ATP Tour final in the Open Era.[29]

At the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open, Opelka lost to Sebastian Korda in the first round.

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS P NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (P) postponed; (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 through the 2022 Eastbourne International.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R Q1 2R 1R 2R 3R 0 / 5 4-5 44%
French Open A A Q3 Q2 1R 1R 3R 1R 0 / 4 2-4 33%
Wimbledon A A Q1 Q2 3R NH 1R 0 / 2 2-2 50%
US Open Q2 Q2 Q2 Q1 2R 1R 4R 0 / 3 4-3 57%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 4-4 0-3 6-4 2-2 0 / 14 12-14 46%
National representation
Davis Cup A A A A RR RR[a] 0 / 2 1-3 25%
ATP Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A 1R 1R 1R NH 3R 4R 0 / 5 3-5 38%
Miami Open A A Q2 Q1 3R NH 2R 2R 0 / 3 2-3 40%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A NH A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Madrid Open A A A A 2R NH 1R 1R 0 / 3 1-3 25%
Italian Open A A A A Q2 A SF 1R 0 / 2 4-2 67%
Canadian Open A A 1R A A NH F 0 / 2 5-2 71%
Cincinnati Masters A 2R Q1 A 2R QF 2R 0 / 4 6-4 60%
Shanghai Masters A A A A 2R NH 0 / 1 1-1 50%
Paris Masters A A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1-1 50%
Win-loss 0-0 1-1 0-2 0-1 5-5 3-1 12-7 2-4 0 / 21 23-21 52%
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 5 8 2 22 9 21 15 Career total: 81
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 Career total: 4
Finals 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 Career total: 6
Overall win-loss 0-0 5-5 1-8 2-2 27-23 12-8 21-23 19-13 4 / 81 87-82 51%
Win %  -  50% 11% 50% 54% 60% 48% 59% Career total: 51.48%
Year-end ranking 981 204 229 99 36 39 26 $ 3,915,111

Significant finals

Masters 1000 finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2021 Canadian Open Hard Russia Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 3-6

ATP career finals

Singles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
ATP Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0-1)
ATP Tour 500 Series (0-0)
ATP Tour 250 Series (4-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (3-2)
Clay (1-0)
Grass (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (2-2)
Indoor (2-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Feb 2019 New York Open, United States 250 Series Hard (i) Canada Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(9-7)
Win 2-0 Feb 2020 Delray Beach Open, United States 250 Series Hard Japan Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5, 6-7(4-7), 6-2
Loss 2-1 Aug 2021 Canadian Open, Canada Masters 1000 Hard Russia Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 3-6
Win 3-1 Feb 2022 Dallas Open, United States 250 Series Hard (i) United States Jenson Brooksby 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-3)
Loss 3-2 Feb 2022 Delray Beach Open, United States 250 Series Hard United Kingdom Cameron Norrie 6-7(1-7), 6-7(4-7)
Win 4-2 Apr 2022 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, United States 250 Series Clay United States John Isner 6-3, 7-6(9-7)

Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
ATP Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0-0)
ATP Tour 500 Series (0-2)
ATP Tour 250 Series (1-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-2)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-1)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1-1)
Indoor (0-2)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Oct 2019 Swiss Indoors, Switzerland 500 Series Hard (i) United States Taylor Fritz Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tec?u
5-7, 3-6
Loss 0-2 Feb 2020 New York Open, United States 250 Series Hard (i) United States Steve Johnson United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
6-7(5-7), 6-7(6-8)
Loss 0-3 Jun 2021 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom 500 Series Grass Australia John Peers France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Mahut
4-6, 5-7
Win 1-3 Jul 2021 Atlanta Open, United States 250 Series Hard Italy Jannik Sinner United States Steve Johnson
Australia Jordan Thompson
6-4, 6-7(6-8), [10-3]

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Legend
ATP Challenger (4-2)
ITF Futures (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Nov 2016 Charlottesville, United States Challenger Hard (i) Belgium Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(7-5)
Win 2-0 May 2018 Bordeaux, France Challenger Clay France Grégoire Barrère 6-7(5-7), 6-4, 7-5
Loss 2-1 Sep 2018 Chicago, United States Challenger Hard Uzbekistan Denis Istomin 4-6, 2-6
Loss 2-2 Sep 2018 Cary, United States Challenger Hard Australia James Duckworth 6-7(4-7), 3-6
Win 3-2 Nov 2018 Knoxville, United States Challenger Hard (i) United States Bjorn Fratangelo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(7-2)
Win 4-2 Nov 2018 Champaign, United States Challenger Hard (i) United States Ryan Shane 7-6(8-6), 6-3

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
ATP Challenger (0-0)
ITF Futures (0-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 2014 USA F24, Claremont Futures Hard United States Deiton Baughman United States Jeff Dadamo
United States Dennis Nevolo
2-5 ret.

Junior Grand Slam finals

Boys' singles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2015 Wimbledon Grass Sweden Mikael Ymer 7-6(7-5), 6-4

Boys' doubles: 1 (1 runner-ups)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2015 Wimbledon Grass Japan Akira Santillan India Sumit Nagal
Vietnam Lý Hoàng Nam
6-7(4-7), 4-6

Head-to-head records

Record against top 10 players

Opelka's match record against players who have been ranked in the top 10. Only ATP Tour main-draw and Davis Cup matches are considered. Players who have been No. 1 are in boldface.

* As of 20 May 2022.

Top 10 wins

  • Opelka has a 7-12 (36.8%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
Wins 1 3 2 1 7
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score ROR
2018
1. United States Jack Sock 8 Delray Beach Open, United States Hard 2R 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 228
2019
2. United States John Isner 10 Australian Open, Australia Hard 1R 7-6(7-4), 7-6(8-6), 6-7(4-7), 7-6(7-5) 97
3. United States John Isner 9 New York Open, United States Hard (i) SF 6-7(8-10), 7-6(16-14), 7-6(7-4) 89
4. Spain Roberto Bautista Agut 10 Swiss Indoors, Switzerland Hard (i) QF 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 37
2020
5. Italy Matteo Berrettini 8 Cincinnati Masters, United States Hard 3R 6-3, 7-6(7-4) 39
6. Russia Daniil Medvedev 6 St. Petersburg Open, Russia Hard (i) 2R 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 36
2021
7. Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas 3 Canadian Open, Canada Hard SF 6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-4), 6-4 32
* As of 20 May 2022.

Notes

  1. ^ Edition is split into two years due to COVID-19.

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