Reilly Opelka

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Reilly Opelka
Opelka WMQ18 (7) (42834211754).jpg
Country (sports)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Residence Palm Coast, Florida, U.S.
Born (1997-08-28) August 28, 1997 (age 23)
St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.
Height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Jay Berger
Jean-Yves Aubone
Prize moneyUS$ 2,295,579
Singles
Career record55–57 (49.1% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches and in Davis Cup)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 31 (28 October 2019)
Current rankingNo. 35 (17 May 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2019, 2021)
French Open 3R (2021)
Wimbledon 3R (2019)
US Open 2R (2019)
Doubles
Career record13–16 (44.8% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 115 (19 October 2020)
Current rankingNo. 137 (10 May 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 1R (2019)
US Open 2R (2017)
Last updated on: as of 13 May 2021.

Reilly Opelka (born August 28, 1997) is an American professional tennis player. At 6 feet 11 inches tall, he is tied (with Ivo Karlović) for the record tallest-ever ATP-ranked player, and can serve in the low-140 mph range. He is a junior Wimbledon champion and Red Bull ambassador. He has won two ATP singles titles and reached his career-high ranking of No. 31 in October 2019.

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Personal life

Opelka moved from Michigan 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. [1] He credits Tom Gullikson, whom his father knew from playing golf, for much of his early development as a tennis player. [1] [2] Opelka is close friends with Taylor Fritz and was the best man at Fritz's wedding. [3] His uncle is radio talk show host Mike Opelka.

Junior career

Opelka won the 2015 Junior Wimbledon tournament, defeating World No. 1 Taylor Fritz en route to beating Mikael Ymer in the final [2] [4] and reached the finals of the Boys' Doubles event (with Akira Santillan) at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. [5]

Professional career

Early years

Opelka made his ATP debut at the 2016 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, where he lost in the first round to fifth seed Sam Querrey. In August, Opelka won his first three career ATP matches at the BB&T Atlanta Open to reach the semi-finals at just his 3rd 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 2017 Memphis Open, he recorded his only ATP Tour level win of the year over fellow Next Gen American Jared Donaldson.

2018: Breakthrough

2018 proved to be a breakthrough year for Opelka. He won three ATP Challenger titles in the season, the first American to achieve do so since Bradley Klahn in 2014. [6] He won his first title of the season at the Bordeaux Challenger in May. [7] In November he won back to back titles at the Knoxville Challenger [8] and the JSM Challenger. [6] He also finished as a runner-up at Cary Challenger and Oracle Challenger. [9]

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

At the Australian Open, Opelka upset compatriot John Isner in the first round. This was the second top 10 win of his career. [10] 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.

2021: First Masters 1000 semifinal

Opelka chose not to defend his Delray Beach title. He instead began the season at the Great Ocean Road Open as the 6th seed, but lost to Botic van de Zandschulp in the second round. At the Australian Open, he beat Yen-Hsun Lu 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. [11]

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, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev.

Performance timelines

Key
W F SFQF#RRRQ#P#APZ#POGF-SSF-BNMSNH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (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 2021 Queen's Club.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SRW–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open AA 1R Q1 2R 1R 2R 0 / 42–4
French Open AA Q3 Q2 1R 1R 3R 0 / 32–3
Wimbledon AA Q1 Q2 3R NH0 / 12–1
US Open Q2 Q2 Q2 Q1 2R 1R 0 / 21–2
Win–Loss0–00–00–10–04–40–33–20 / 107–10
National representation
Davis Cup AAAA RR QR 0 / 11–2
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters AA 1R 1R 1R NH0 / 30–3
Miami Open AA Q2 Q1 3R NH 2R 0 / 22–2
Monte-Carlo Masters AAAAANHA0 / 00–0
Madrid Open AAAA 2R NH 1R 0 / 21–2
Italian Open AAAA Q2 A SF 0 / 14–1
Canadian Open AA 1R AANH0 / 10–1
Cincinnati Masters A 2R Q1 A 2R QF 0 / 35–3
Shanghai Masters AAAA 2R NH0 / 11–1
Paris Masters AAAAAA0 / 00–0
Win–Loss0–01–10–20–15–53–14–30 / 1313–13
Career statistics
Tournaments05822291157
Titles00001102
Finals00001102
Overall Win–Loss0–05–51–82–227–2312–88–1155–57
Win %  50%11%50%54%60%42%49.11%
Year-end Ranking981204229993639

ATP career finals

Singles: 2 (2 titles)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
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 (2–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1–0)
Indoor (1–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1–0 Feb 2019 New York Open, United States250 SeriesHard (i) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brayden Schnur 6–1, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(9–7)
Win2–0 Feb 2020 Delray Beach Open, United States250 SeriesHard Flag of Japan.svg Yoshihito Nishioka 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 6–2

Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0–0)
Indoor (0–2)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss0–1 Oct 2019 Swiss Indoors, Switzerland500 SeriesHard (i) Flag of the United States.svg Taylor Fritz Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jean-Julien Rojer
Flag of Romania.svg Horia Tecău
5–7, 3–6
Loss0–2 Feb 2020 New York Open, United States250 SeriesHard (i) Flag of the United States.svg Steve Johnson Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dominic Inglot
Flag of Pakistan.svg Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
6–7(5–7), 6–7(6–8)

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures Finals

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

Legend
ATP Challenger (4–2)
ITF Futures (0-0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1–0 Nov 2016 Charlottesville, United StatesChallengerHard (i) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Ruben Bemelmans 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
Win2–0 May 2018 Bordeaux, FranceChallengerClay Flag of France.svg Grégoire Barrère 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 7–5
Loss2–1 Sep 2018 Chicago, United StatesChallengerHard Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Denis Istomin 2–6, 4–6
Loss2–2 Sep 2018 Cary, United StatesChallengerHard Flag of Australia (converted).svg James Duckworth 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Win3–2 Nov 2018 Knoxville, United StatesChallengerHard (i) Flag of the United States.svg Bjorn Fratangelo 7–5, 4–6, 7–6(7–2)
Win4–2 Nov 2018 Champaign, United StatesChallengerHard (i) Flag of the United States.svg Ryan Shane 7–6(8–6), 6–3

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
ATP Challenger (0–0)
ITF Futures (0–1)
ResultW–LDateTournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentScore
Loss0–1Sep 2014Claremont, United StatesFuturesHard Flag of the United States.svg Deiton Baughman Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Dadamo
Flag of the United States.svg Dennis Nevolo
2–5 ret.

Junior Grand Slam finals

Boys' Singles: 1 (1–0)

ResultYearTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Win 2015 Wimbledon Grass Flag of Sweden.svg Mikael Ymer 7–6(7–5), 6–4

Boys' Doubles: 1 (0–1)

ResultYearTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss 2015 Wimbledon Grass Flag of Japan.svg Akira Santillan Flag of India.svg Sumit Nagal
Flag of Vietnam.svg Lý Hoàng Nam
6–7(4–7), 4–6

Record against other players

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 4 June 2021.

Top 10 wins

Season 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
Wins00013206
#PlayerRankEventSurfaceRdScoreRO Rank
2018
1. Flag of the United States.svg Jack Sock No. 8 Delray Beach Open, United StatesHard2R4–6, 7–5, 6–3228
2019
2. Flag of the United States.svg John Isner No. 10 Australian Open Hard1R7–6(7–4), 7–6(8–6), 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–5)97
3. Flag of the United States.svg John IsnerNo. 9 New York Open, United StatesHard (i)SF6–7(8–10), 7–6(16–14), 7–6(7–4)89
4. Flag of Spain.svg Roberto Bautista Agut No. 10 Swiss Indoors, SwitzerlandHard (i)QF6–3, 3–6, 6–337
2020
5. Flag of Italy.svg Matteo Berrettini No. 8 Cincinnati Masters, United StatesHard3R6–3, 7–6(7–4)39
6. Flag of Russia.svg Daniil Medvedev No. 6 St. Petersburg Open, RussiaHard (i)2R2–6, 7–5, 6–436
* As of 4 June 2021.

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