|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Delray Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|Born||August 28, 1997|
St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||89-84 (51.4% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (February 28, 2022)|
|Current ranking||No. 28 (August 22, 2022)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2022)|
|French Open||3R (2021)|
|US Open||4R (2021)|
|Career record||21-23 (47.7%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 89 (August 2, 2021)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|French Open||1R (2019)|
|US Open||2R (2017)|
|Davis Cup||RR (2019, 2021)|
|Last updated on: August 22, 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 produce serves that measure over 140 mph. 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 as world No. 89 on August 2, 2021. He has won four ATP singles titles and one doubles title. He is a junior Wimbledon champion.
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. He credits Tom Gullikson, whom his father knew from playing golf, for much of his early development as a tennis player. Opelka is close friends with Taylor Fritz and was the best man at Fritz's wedding. His uncle is radio talk show host Mike Opelka.
Opelka won the 2015 Junior Wimbledon tournament, defeating Junior world No. 1 Taylor Fritz en route to beating Mikael Ymer in the final and reached the finals of the Boys' Doubles event (with Akira Santillan) at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.
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 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. He won his first title of the season at the Bordeaux Challenger in May. In November, he won back to back titles at the Knoxville Challenger and the JSM Challenger. He also finished as a runner-up at Cary Challenger and Oracle Challenger.
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.
At the Australian Open, Opelka upset compatriot John Isner in the first round. This was the second top 10 win of his career. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Partnering Jannik Sinner, he won his first doubles title at the Atlanta Open defeating Steve Johnson and Jordan Thompson. 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.
At the Canada Masters in Toronto, he reached his second Masters 1000 semifinal by defeating Nick Kyrgios, 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov, Lloyd Harris and 10th seed Roberto Bautista Agut. 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. Opelka would lose to 1st seed and world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the final. 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.
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. 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.
At the inaugural edition of the Dallas Open, Opelka won his third singles title after defeating Jenson Brooksby. 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. At the 2022 Delray Beach Open, Opelka reached his second final in as many weeks, losing to Cameron Norrie. As a result he reached a new career-high ranking of world No. 18 on February 21, 2022 and world No. 17 a week later. At the 2022 BNP Paribas Open he reached the fourth round for the first time in his career at this Masters where he lost to fourth seed Rafael Nadal.
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.
Current through the 2022 Citi Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||1R||Q1||2R||1R||2R||3R||A||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||2R||0 / 3||3-3||50%|
|US Open||Q2||Q2||Q2||Q1||2R||1R||4R||A||0 / 3||4-3||57%|
|Win-loss||0-0||0-0||0-1||0-0||4-4||0-3||6-4||3-3||0-0||0 / 15||13-15||46%|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||A||RR||RR[a]||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||A||0 / 2||5-2||71%|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||2R||Q1||A||2R||QF||2R||A||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||A||0 / 1||1-1||50%|
|Win-loss||0-0||1-1||0-2||0-1||5-5||3-1||12-7||2-4||0-0||0 / 21||23-21||52%|
|Tournaments||0||5||8||2||22||9||21||17||0||Career total: 83|
|Titles||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||2||0||Career total: 4|
|Finals||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||3||0||Career total: 6|
|Overall win-loss||0-0||5-5||1-8||2-2||27-23||12-8||21-23||21-15||0-0||4 / 83||89-84||51%|
|Win %||-||50%||11%||50%||54%||60%||48%||58%||-||Career total: 51.45%|
|Year-end ranking||981||204||229||99||36||39||26||38||$ 3,915,111|
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|Win||1-0||Feb 2019||New York Open, United States||250 Series||Hard (i)||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||Yoshihito Nishioka||7-5, 6-7(4-7), 6-2|
|Loss||2-1||Aug 2021||Canadian Open, Canada||Masters 1000||Hard||Daniil Medvedev||4-6, 3-6|
|Win||3-1||Feb 2022||Dallas Open, United States||250 Series||Hard (i)||Jenson Brooksby||7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-3)|
|Loss||3-2||Feb 2022||Delray Beach Open, United States||250 Series||Hard||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||John Isner||6-3, 7-6(9-7)|
|Loss||0-1||Oct 2019||Swiss Indoors, Switzerland||500 Series||Hard (i)||Taylor Fritz|| Jean-Julien Rojer
|Loss||0-2||Feb 2020||New York Open, United States||250 Series||Hard (i)||Steve Johnson|| Dominic Inglot
|Loss||0-3||Jun 2021||Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom||500 Series||Grass||John Peers|| Pierre-Hugues Herbert
|Win||1-3||Jul 2021||Atlanta Open, United States||250 Series||Hard||Jannik Sinner|| Steve Johnson
|6-4, 6-7(6-8), [10-3]|
|ATP Challenger (4-2)|
|ITF Futures (0-0)|
|Win||1-0||Nov 2016||Charlottesville, United States||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ruben Bemelmans||6-4, 2-6, 7-6(7-5)|
|Win||2-0||May 2018||Bordeaux, France||Challenger||Clay||Grégoire Barrère||6-7(5-7), 6-4, 7-5|
|Loss||2-1||Sep 2018||Chicago, United States||Challenger||Hard||Denis Istomin||4-6, 2-6|
|Loss||2-2||Sep 2018||Cary, United States||Challenger||Hard||James Duckworth||6-7(4-7), 3-6|
|Win||3-2||Nov 2018||Knoxville, United States||Challenger||Hard (i)||Bjorn Fratangelo||7-5, 4-6, 7-6(7-2)|
|Win||4-2||Nov 2018||Champaign, United States||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ryan Shane||7-6(8-6), 6-3|
|ATP Challenger (0-0)|
|ITF Futures (0-1)|
|Loss||0-1||Sep 2014||USA F24, Claremont||Futures||Hard||Deiton Baughman|| Jeff Dadamo
|Loss||2015||Wimbledon||Grass||Akira Santillan|| Sumit Nagal
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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.
|1.||Jack Sock||8||Delray Beach Open, United States||Hard||2R||4-6, 7-5, 6-3||228|
|2.||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.||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.||Roberto Bautista Agut||10||Swiss Indoors, Switzerland||Hard (i)||QF||6-3, 3-6, 6-3||37|
|5.||Matteo Berrettini||8||Cincinnati Masters, United States||Hard||3R||6-3, 7-6(7-4)||39|
|6.||Daniil Medvedev||6||St. Petersburg Open, Russia||Hard (i)||2R||2-6, 7-5, 6-4||36|
|7.||Stefanos Tsitsipas||3||Canadian Open, Canada||Hard||SF||6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-4), 6-4||32|