Alex O'Brien

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Alex O'Brien
Country  United States
Residence Amarillo, TX, USA
Born (1970-07-13) July 13, 1970 (age 44)
Amarillo, TX, USA
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1992
Retired 2003
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
College Stanford University
Prize money $3,535,415
Singles
Career record 93–136
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 30 (July 21, 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1995, 1998)
French Open 2R (1993, 1994)
Wimbledon 3R (1997)
US Open 3R (1996)
Doubles
Career record 277–185
Career titles 13
Highest ranking No. 1 (May 8, 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1996, 1997)
French Open 3R (1996)
Wimbledon QF (1999, 2000)
US Open W (1999)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2000)

Alex O'Brien (born March 7, 1970 in Amarillo, Texas) is a professional tennis player from the United States, who competed on the ATP Tour. He became the World No. 1 doubles player in May 2000 and was ranked as high as World No. 30 in singles in June 1997.

He won his only singles title at New Haven, Connecticut in 1996 and reached the quarterfinals of the 1994 Cincinnati Masters and the 1996 Canada Masters. He won 13 doubles titles, the biggest coming at the US Open in 1999, the Cincinnati Masters in 1994 (his first doubles title), the Indian Wells Masters in 2000, and the Paris Masters in 1999.

Tennis career[edit]

Alongside his 13 titles, O'Brien also reached 20 doubles finals, including the Australian Open in 1996 & 1997, the U.S. Open in 1995, the Miami Masters in 1998, and the Canada Masters and the Rome Masters in 1997.

He also played on the United States Davis Cup team, competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and was a four-time All-American at Stanford University where he won NCAA singles, doubles and team titles in 1992. He earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies at Stanford in 1992.

One little known fact about O'Brien is that his pre-match meal was a box of Jelly Donuts.

On leaving his tennis career O'Brien founded Littlefield Ranch, an online business which markets, and distributes prime steaks. The O’Brien family has been in the beef business for 60 years basing their production out of the historic LIT Ranch. O'Brien is currently President and part owner of the Bank of Commerce, a small community online bank with branches in Amarillo and McLean Texas.

Grand Slam Finals[edit]

Men's Doubles (1 title, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-Up 1995 U.S. Open Hard Australia Sandon Stolle Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3–6, 3–6
Runner-Up 1996 Australian Open Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Sweden Stefan Edberg
Czech Republic Petr Korda
5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-Up 1997 Australian Open (2) Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–4, 5–7, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 1999 U.S. Open Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
7–6(9–7), 6–4

Doubles finals (33)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1–3)
Tennis Masters Cup (1–1)
ATP Masters Series (4–3)
ATP Championship Series (2–4)
ATP Tour (5–9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (10–14)
Clay (0–4)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (2–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. January 10, 1994 Oahu, U.S. Hard United States Jonathan Stark Netherlands Tom Nijssen
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. February 28, 1994 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard Australia Sandon Stolle Sweden Jan Apell
United States Ken Flach
0–6, 4–6
Winner 1. August 15, 1994 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard Australia Sandon Stolle South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Australia Mark Kratzmann
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 3. February 13, 1995 San Jose, U.S. Hard (i) Australia Sandon Stolle United States Jim Grabb
United States Patrick McEnroe
6–3, 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 4. May 15, 1995 Pinehurst, U.S. Clay Australia Sandon Stolle Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. September 11, 1995 U.S. Open, New York Hard Australia Sandon Stolle Australia Todd Woodbridge
United States Mark Woodforde
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. January 29, 1996 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Sweden Stefan Edberg
Czech Republic Petr Korda
5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 7. June 17, 1996 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. October 28, 1996 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) Canada Sébastien Lareau Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 8. November 17, 1996 Doubles Championships, Hartford Carpet Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 9. January 27, 1997 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–4, 5–7, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 3. March 3, 1997 Philadelphia, U.S. Hard (i) Canada Sébastien Lareau South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Patrick Galbraith
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 10. April 28, 1997 Orlando, U.S. Clay United States Jeff Salzenstein The Bahamas Mark Merklein
United States Vince Spadea
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 11. May 19, 1997 Rome, Italy Clay Zimbabwe Byron Black The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 4. July 28, 1997 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
United States Rick Leach
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 12. August 4, 1997 Montreal, Canada Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 13. August 18, 1997 New Haven, U.S. Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
4–6, 7–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. October 6, 1997 Beijing, China Hard (i) United States Jim Courier India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 15. March 30, 1998 Miami, U.S. Hard United States Jonathan Stark South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
2–6, 4–6
Winner 5. April 13, 1998 Hong Kong Hard Zimbabwe Byron Black South Africa Neville Godwin
Finland Tuomas Ketola
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 16. May 4, 1998 Atlanta, U.S. Clay United States Richey Reneberg South Africa Ellis Ferreira
South Africa Brent Haygarth
3–6, 6–0, 2–6
Runner-up 17. August 24, 1998 New Haven, U.S. Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Peter Tramacchi
6–7, 6–1, 3–6
Winner 6. November 2, 1998 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 7. January 11, 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard United States Jared Palmer South Africa Piet Norval
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 18. February 22, 1999 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) Canada Sebastiean Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
3–6, 4–6
Winner 8. June 14, 1999 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Canada Sébastien Lareau Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–3, 7–6
Winner 9. September 13, 1999 U.S. Open, New York Hard Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner 10. November 8, 1999 Paris, France Carpet Canada Sébastien Lareau Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
United States Jared Palmer
7–6(9–7), 7–5
Winner 11. November 15, 1999 Doubles Championships, Hartford Carpet Canada Sébastien Lareau India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
6–3, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 19. January 20, 2000 Doha, Qatar Hard United States Jared Palmer The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Belarus Max Mirnyi
3–6, 4–6
Winner 12. March 20, 2000 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard United States Jared Palmer Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Australia Sandon Stolle
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 13. August 21, 2000 Washington D.C., U.S. Hard United States Jared Palmer United States Andre Agassi
Armenia Sargis Sargsian
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 20. February 26, 2001 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) United States Jonathan Stark United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 6–7(3–7)

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A 1R 1R F F 3R 1R SF 3R A A 0 / 8 18–8
French Open A A A A 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 8 4–8
Wimbledon A A A A 2R 3R 3R 1R 2R QF QF 1R A A 0 / 8 12–8
U.S. Open A A 1R 1R 3R F QF 2R 3R W SF 1R A A 1 / 10 23–9
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 34 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 3–4 8–4 12–4 7–4 5–4 9–3 11–4 2–4 0–0 0–0 N/A 57–33
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A 2R 2R QF SF 1R W 2R A A 1 / 7 13–6
Miami A A A A 2R 3R QF 3R F 2R SF 1R A A 0 / 8 12–8
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A A A A SF A A A 0 / 1 3–1
Rome A A A A A A 2R F A 2R QF 1R A A 0 / 5 8–5
Hamburg A A A A A A A A A A 1R 1R A A 0 / 2 0–2
Canada A A A QF SF 1R QF F 1R 2R 2R 2R A A 0 / 9 13–9
Cincinnati A A A 2R W 2R 2R SF 1R 2R 1R 2R A A 1 / 9 12–8
Stuttgart (Stockholm) A A A A QF 1R W SF W QF 2R A A A 2 / 7 14–5
Paris A A A A QF 1R 2R 1R 2R W SF A A A 1 / 7 8–6
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 1 / 5 0 / 6 1 / 7 0 / 7 1 / 6 1 / 7 1 / 9 0 / 6 0 / 0 0 / 0 5 / 55 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 12–4 3–6 11–6 14–7 13–5 8–6 16–8 3–6 0–0 0–0 N/A 83–50
Year End Ranking 619 646 188 113 25 31 15 7 20 7 8 80 1080 1115 N/A

A = did not attend tournament

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