Reilly Opelka

Born Aug 28, 1997
Nationality United States United States

Reilly Opelka was born on August 28, 1997. The professional tennis player was born in St. Joseph, Michigan. Opelka is around 6’11 and considered the tallest ever ATP ranked player. He is tied with Ivo Karlovic. Other titles he has earned include junior Wimbledon champion and Red Bull Ambassador. In October 2019, he reached number 31, which is his career-high.

At the age of 4, his family moved to Palm Coast, Florida. He began training at the USTA at the age of 12. Pretty much, he gives credit to Tom Gulikson who is a family friend and developed him into a good tennis player.

In his amateur years, Opelka won the Junior Wimbledon tournament in 2015. He defeated Taylor Fritz. He also won a match Mikael Ymer into the finals. He also reached the 2015 Wimbledon Championships Doubles event with Akira Santillan.

In the 2016 US Men’s Clay Court Championship, Opelka made his ATP debut. However, he lost to Sam Querrey. In August that year, he won against Kevin Anderson that pushed him to the semi-finals of the BBT&T Atlanta Open. He continued to climb up the Top 300 ATP Rankings when he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky and Jeremy Chardy. He won his first ATP Challenger title in Charlottesville, finishing near the Top 200.

In 2017, he qualified for the Australian Open. 2018 was considered a breakthrough year for the tennis player because he won three ATP challengers. In the ATP Tour, he picked up his first top-10 win against Jack Sock. This performance catapulted him to world number 99.

In July 2019, he achieved the Grand Slam at Wimbledon and considered it the best result to date. He made it to the third round defeating Stan Wawrinka. He also reached the semi-finals that took place in Atlanta, Tokyo and Basel.

In February 2020, he won his second career trophy at the Delray Beach Open. Opelka reached the ATP Touch Masters level quarterfinal. He chose not to defend his Delray Beach and instead join the Great Ocean Road Open but was defeated by Botic Van De zandschulp. At the Australian Open, he beat Lu and was eventually defeated by Fritz.

Opelka reached the Masters semi-final but lost to Rafael Nadal.

Player Statistics:

  • Singles - Career record 55–56
  • Doubles -Career record 13–16

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