Rhett Purcell

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Rhett Purcell
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Purcell in 2014
Country (sports) New Zealand (21 Oct 2017–present)
 United Kingdom (2010–Oct 2017)
ResidenceNew Zealand
BornGisborne, New Zealand
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$30,027
Career record1–0 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 749 (10 September 2018)
Current rankingNo. 921 (16 September 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon Junior1R (2014)
Career record0–0 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 382 (19 August 2019)
Current rankingNo. 410 (16 September 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon Junior1R (2014)
Team competitions
Davis Cup1–0 (Singles 1-0, Doubles 0-0)
Last updated on: 20 September 2019.

Rhett Purcell (born 6 February 1996) is a New Zealand tennis player, although he represented the United Kingdom through parental descent from the start of his junior career in 2010 until mid-October 2017.

Purcell has a career high ATP singles ranking of 749, achieved on 10 September 2018, and a best doubles ranking of 382, reached on 19 August 2019. He made his debut for New Zealand at the Davis Cup in September 2019, winning his first match.[1]

Tennis career[edit]


Purcell's first experience of professional tennis was being given a wild card into qualifying for the 2014 ASB Classic in Auckland, where he beat Eric Sock (elder brother of Jack) in the first round, but lost heavily to subsequent French Open doubles winner Michael Venus in the second. This was also his final year as a junior, and he won both singles and doubles titles at the NZ ITF Junior Summer Championships the following month. Stepping up to Grade 1 just a few weeks later, he and fellow New Zealander Alex Klintcharov won the doubles title at the 25th Mitsubishi-Lancer International in Manila, and he was the beaten finalist in the singles.

He followed that with a Grade 2 doubles win in Italy before playing his only two Grade 1 events in Europe. The first was the Nike Junior International at Roehampton, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the first round. He concluded his junior career with his only Grand Slam tournament, losing a very tight three set match in the first round of singles at Wimbledon to Alex Rybakov and another tight match in the first round of doubles.


Purcell qualified for his first senior main draw at an ITF Futures tournament in Anning, China, in April 2015, but lost in the first round. His first main draw win wasn't until March 2016, again in Anning. The first tournament where he got past the first round was in Thủ Dầu Một, Vietnam, the following October. He made it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to Masato Shiga from Japan.


Purcell was again given a wild card entry into qualifying for the ASB Classic in Auckland, losing in the first round to fellow New Zealander Rubin Statham. He won his first ITF Futures doubles title just four weeks later, with a walkover victory in Jakarta when partnered by Aaron Addison. Whilst very active through the remainder of the year, playing almost every week, he made no more finals. He did, however, change his representative nationality back to New Zealand, his first tournament under that flag being an ATP Challenger event at Traralgon in Victoria, Australia, on 21 October.


Purcell's second ITF doubles title came in Luzhou, China, early in June 2018, this time with Sami Reinwein. Anning continued to be the scene of milestones for Purcell, the next one when he followed being runner-up in the doubles final with victory the following day in the singles, beating Zheng Weigiang in the final. A week later, at the same venue, he added another doubles title, this time with another New Zealander, Olly Sadler.


Taking a much longer break than in previous years, Purcell began his new season in Australia in March, but it wasn't until he returned to China that he tasted more tournament success. His next doubles title came in Shenzhen in June, with yet another partner in Wang Aoran. A few weeks later he and Francis Casey Alcantara were runners-up in Qujing, but another title wasn't to be long delayed. He and Luca Castelnuovo won in Jakarta, and were beaten in the semi-finals there a week later.

Purcell's singles fortunes had taken quite a dip over the previous few months, but he rebounded somewhat with a semi-finals appearance in his third week in Jakarta. Although at a different venue within the city, Jakarta would also be the scene of his Davis Cup winning debut for New Zealand a few weeks later.

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$80,000 tournaments (0–0)
$60,000 tournaments (0–0)
$25,000 tournaments (0–0)
$15,000 tournaments (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No.    Date    Level Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 19 August 2018 $15,000 Anning, China Clay China Zheng Weigiang 7–6(7–4), 6–2

Doubles: 9 (5 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$80,000 tournaments (0–0)
$60,000 tournaments (0–0)
$25,000 tournaments (1–2)
$15,000 tournaments (4–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (3–3)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)

Note: one win by walkover

Result No.    Date    Level Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 12 February 2017 $15,000 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard Australia Aaron Addison India Karunuday Singh
Canada Kelsey Stevenson
Winner 2. 1 June 2018 $15,000 Luzhou, China Hard Germany Sami Reinwein Philippines Francis Casey Alcantara
China Sun Fajing
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 17 August 2018 $15,000 Anning, China Clay Australia Jeremy Beale China Wang Aoran
China Wu Hao
6–7(4–7), 6–3, [10–12]
Winner 3. 24 August 2018 $15,000 Anning, China Clay New Zealand Olly Sadler India Anirudh Chandrasekar
India Vignesh Peranamallur
6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. 15 June 2019 $25,000 Shenzhen, China Hard China Wang Aoran China Gao Qun
China Wang Ruikai
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 13 July 2019 $25,000 Qujing, China Hard (i) Philippines Francis Casey Alcantara China Hua Runhao
China Sun Fajing
1–6, 1–6
Winner 5. 10 August 2019 $15,000 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard Switzerland Luca Castelnuovo United States Dusty Boyer
Hong Kong Yeung Pak Long
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Runner-up 3. 20 September 2019 $25,000 Cairns, Australia Hard Ukraine Vladyslav Orlov Australia Calum Puttergill
Australia Brandon Walkin
4–6, 7–5, [5–10]
Runner-up 4. 4 January 2020 $15,000 Te Anau, New Zealand Hard Australia Calum Puttergill Switzerland Luca Margaroli
Italy Andrea Vavassori
5–7, 7–6(7–2), [8–10]

Davis Cup (1)[edit]

Group membership
World Group (0)
Group I (0)
Group II (1–0)
Group III (0)
Group IV (0)
Rubber outcome No. Rubber Match type (partner if any) Opponent nation Opponent player(s) Score
Increase3–1; 14-15 September 2019; Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia; Asia/Oceania Zone Group II playoffs (First round); Hard surface
Victory 1. II Singles Indonesia Indonesia David Agung Susanto 3–6, 6–4, 6–0


  1. ^ David Long. "New Zealand Davis Cup team eye big prize in tie against Indonesia". www.stuff.co.nz.

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