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Alex O'Brien (born March 7, 1970) is a retired 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.

Alex O'Brien
Alex O'Brien 2018.jpg
Alex O'Brien in 2018.
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceAmarillo, TX, United States
Born (1970-07-13) July 13, 1970 (age 49)
Amarillo, TX, United States
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1992
Retired2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeStanford University
Prize money$3,526,390
Singles
Career record93–136
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 30 (July 21, 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1995, 1998)
French Open2R (1993, 1994)
Wimbledon3R (1997)
US Open3R (1996)
Doubles
Career record277–185
Career titles13
Highest rankingNo. 1 (May 8, 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1996, 1997)
French Open3R (1996)
WimbledonQF (1999, 2000)
US OpenW (1999)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2000)

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 careerEdit

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.[citation needed]

On leaving his tennis career O'Brien founded an online business which markets, and distributes steaks. The O'Brien family has been in the beef business for 60 years basing their production out of the 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.[citation needed]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Men's doubles (1 title, 3 runners-up)Edit

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

Doubles finalsEdit

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   Jonathan Stark   Tom Nijssen
  Cyril Suk
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. February 28, 1994 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Sandon Stolle   Jan Apell
  Ken Flach
0–6, 4–6
Winner 1. August 15, 1994 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard   Sandon Stolle   Wayne Ferreira
  Mark Kratzmann
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 3. February 13, 1995 San Jose, U.S. Hard (i)   Sandon Stolle   Jim Grabb
  Patrick McEnroe
6–3, 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 4. May 15, 1995 Pinehurst, U.S. Clay   Sandon Stolle   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. September 11, 1995 U.S. Open, New York Hard   Sandon Stolle   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. January 29, 1996 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Sébastien Lareau   Stefan Edberg
  Petr Korda
5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 7. June 17, 1996 London/Queen's Club, England Grass   Sébastien Lareau   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. October 28, 1996 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i)   Sébastien Lareau   Jacco Eltingh
  Paul Haarhuis
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 8. November 17, 1996 Doubles Championships, Hartford Carpet   Sébastien Lareau   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
4–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 9. January 27, 1997 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard   Sébastien Lareau   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
6–4, 5–7, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 3. March 3, 1997 Philadelphia, U.S. Hard (i)   Sébastien Lareau   Ellis Ferreira
  Patrick Galbraith
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 10. April 28, 1997 Orlando, U.S. Clay   Jeff Salzenstein   Mark Merklein
  Vince Spadea
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 11. May 19, 1997 Rome, Italy Clay   Byron Black   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 4. July 28, 1997 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard   Sébastien Lareau   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Rick Leach
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 12. August 4, 1997 Montreal, Canada Hard   Sébastien Lareau   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 13. August 18, 1997 New Haven, U.S. Hard   Sébastien Lareau   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
4–6, 7–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. October 6, 1997 Beijing, China Hard (i)   Jim Courier   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 15. March 30, 1998 Miami, U.S. Hard   Jonathan Stark   Ellis Ferreira
  Rick Leach
2–6, 4–6
Winner 5. April 13, 1998 Hong Kong Hard   Byron Black   Neville Godwin
  Tuomas Ketola
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 16. May 4, 1998 Atlanta, U.S. Clay   Richey Reneberg   Ellis Ferreira
  Brent Haygarth
3–6, 6–0, 2–6
Runner-up 17. August 24, 1998 New Haven, U.S. Hard   Sébastien Lareau   Wayne Arthurs
  Peter Tramacchi
6–7, 6–1, 3–6
Winner 6. November 2, 1998 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i)   Sébastien Lareau   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 7. January 11, 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard   Jared Palmer   Piet Norval
  Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 18. February 22, 1999 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i)   Sebastiean Lareau   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
3–6, 4–6
Winner 8. June 14, 1999 London/Queen's Club, England Grass   Sébastien Lareau   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
6–3, 7–6
Winner 9. September 13, 1999 U.S. Open, New York City Hard   Sébastien Lareau   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner 10. November 8, 1999 Paris, France Carpet   Sébastien Lareau   Paul Haarhuis
  Jared Palmer
7–6(9–7), 7–5
Winner 11. November 15, 1999 Doubles Championships, Hartford Carpet   Sébastien Lareau   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Leander Paes
6–3, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 19. January 20, 2000 Doha, Qatar Hard   Jared Palmer   Mark Knowles
  Max Mirnyi
3–6, 4–6
Winner 12. March 20, 2000 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard   Jared Palmer   Paul Haarhuis
  Sandon Stolle
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 13. August 21, 2000 Washington D.C., U.S. Hard   Jared Palmer   Andre Agassi
  Sargis Sargsian
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 20. February 26, 2001 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i)   Jonathan Stark   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
3–6, 6–7(3–7)

Doubles performance timelineEdit

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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