Ellen Perez

Ellen Perez (born 10 October 1995) is a tennis player from Australia.

Ellen Perez
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Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Born (1995-10-10) 10 October 1995 (age 25)
Shellharbour, Australia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
(double-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Georgia (2014–present)
Prize moneyUS$ 415,797
Career record132–106 (55.5%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 162 (12 August 2019)
Current rankingNo. 247 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
WimbledonQ1 (2019)
US Open1R (2016)
Career record164–77 (68.0%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 41 (9 March 2020)
Current rankingNo. 41 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2018)
French Open1R (2020)
US Open3R (2019)
Last updated on: 31 March 2020.

She has won one doubles title on the WTA Tour, one doubles title on the WTA Challenger Circuit, as well as two singles and 16 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. Her career-high rankings in singles and doubles are 162 and 41 respectively, achieved in August 2019 and March 2020.

Perez made her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the 2016 Australian Open in doubles with Belinda Woolcock; they lost in the first round to Jessica Moore and Storm Sanders. She made her first singles Grand Slam appearance at the 2016 US Open after winning the Australian Wildcard Playoff. She attended the University of Georgia in the U.S. from 2014 to 2017.

Personal lifeEdit

Ellen is the daughter of John and Mitz Perez and sister to Matt Perez. She picked up a tennis racket at the age of three after receiving a totem tennis pole as a Christmas gift, and she started regular coaching at the age of seven. In 2012, she won the Gallipoli Youth Cup held in Ipswich, Queensland.[1]


2012–2014: The beginningsEdit

Perez made her ITF debut in March 2012 in Bundaberg, losing in three sets to Jennifer Elie. In September 2013, she recorded her first main-draw singles win in Toowoomba after qualifying. Perez reached the quarterfinals losing to Azra Hadzic. In December 2013, she won her first ITF doubles title in Hong Kong with Abbie Myers.

In 2014, Perez reached the quarterfinal of the Burnie International and Melbourne, and then competed on the ITF circuit in Europe until June when she started attending college in the United States. Perez ended 2014 with a singles rank of 655 and a doubles rank of 517.

2015–2016: First Grand Slam appearanceEdit

In June 2015, Perez returned to play at Bethany Beach where she qualified and reached the singles quarterfinals and the doubles final. The following week in Charlotte, she reached the doubles final. She played across U.S. ITF events for the remainder of 2015.

Perez started her 2016 season in June in U.S. without qualifying for the main draw. In July, she qualified for and won her first singles ITF title in Brussels without dropping a set. She reached a semifinal and final at two subsequent events.[2] Perez won four doubles titles in five weeks across June and July 2016.

In August, Perez won an Australian wildcard playoff to make her Grand Slam single debut at the US Open. She lost to Zhang Shuai in straight sets. Perez said of the experience "It definitely didn’t go as planned, or as hoped, but it was great to be able to have my Grand Slam debut and get out on court in front of all the fans and what-not. It was nice."[3] She ended 2016 with a singles rank of 632 and doubles rank of 414.

2017–present: First WTA winEdit

Perez began the season with a wild card into the Sydney International qualifying where she defeated Kateryna Kozlova ranked 101 in the world.[4] She lost to Naomi Broady in the second round. At the Australian Open qualifying, Perez defeated Tadeja Majerič, then lost to Ana Bogdan.

She returned to play in June where she reached three consecutive doubles finals, winning one. Doubles success continued throughout the rest of the year. In July, Perez qualified for and reached the singles final of Gatineau. This increased her singles ranking to a career high of 363.[5] Perez returned to Australia and reached the semi final of Toowoomba and quarter final of Cairns.

Perez began the 2018 season after being given wild card into the Sydney International where she upset world No. 11 Kristina Mladenovic in the first round. Her first win on the WTA Tour came when Mladenovic retired with the score 4–6, 2–4.[6] Perez lost in round two to Ashleigh Barty.[7]

At the Australian Open, Perez lost in the first round of qualifying to Valentini Grammatikopoulou. Perez made the second round of Burnie, Launceston and Perth, and then reached the final of the ACT Clay Court International in April, losing to Jaimee Fourlis. Perez traveled to Europe and North America's ITF circuit with limited success. In September, she attempted to qualify for two WTA tournaments in Asia before returning to Australia in October where she reached four consecutive ITF finals.

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification 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.


Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 W–L
Australian Open A Q2 Q1 1R Q1 Q2 0–1
French Open A A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon A A A Q1 NH 0–0
US Open 1R A A Q2 A 0–1
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–2
Year-end ranking 632 343 181


Tournament 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 1–3
French Open A A A 0–0
Wimbledon A A Q1 0–0
US Open A A A 0–0
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–3
Year-end ranking 414 205 88

WTA finalsEdit

Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 May 2019 Internationaux de Strasbourg,
International Clay   Daria Gavrilova   Duan Yingying
  Han Xinyun
6–4, 6–3
Loss 1–1 Jun 2019 Nottingham Open, UK International Grass   Arina Rodionova   Desirae Krawczyk
  Giuliana Olmos
6–7(5–7), 5–7
Loss 1–2 Feb 2020 Hua Hin Championships, Thailand International Hard   Barbara Haas   Arina Rodionova
  Storm Sanders
3–6, 3–6
Loss 1–3 Sep 2020 İstanbul Cup, Turkey International Clay   Storm Sanders   Alexa Guarachi
  Desirae Krawczyk
1–6, 3–6

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2019 WTA Houston, United States Hard   Luisa Stefani   Sharon Fichman
  Ena Shibahara
1–6, 6–4, [10–5]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 9 (2 titles, 7 runner–ups)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–5)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2016 ITF Brussels, Belgium 10,000 Clay   Kimberley Zimmermann 6–2, 6–3
Loss 1–1 Aug 2016 ITF Rebecq, Belgium 10,000 Clay   Hélène Scholsen 6–3, 1–6, 2–6
Loss 1–2 Jul 2017 ITF Gatineau, Canada 25,000 Hard   Aleksandra Wozniak 6–7(4–7), 4–6
Loss 1–3 Apr 2018 ACT Clay Court International, Australia 25,000 Clay   Jaimee Fourlis 3–6, 2–6
Loss 1–4 Sep 2018 Darwin International, Australia 60,000 Hard   Kimberly Birrell 3–6, 3–6
Loss 1–5 Oct 2018 ITF Brisbane, Australia 25,000 Hard   Xu Shilin 4–6, 3–6
Loss 1–6 Oct 2018 ITF Toowoomba, Australia 25,000 Hard   Zoe Hives 0–6, 2–6
Loss 1–7 Oct 2018 Bendigo International, Australia 60,000 Hard   Priscilla Hon 4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Win 2–7 Jul 2019 Braidy Industries Classic, United States 60,000 Hard   Zoe Hives 6–2, 3–2 ret.

Doubles: 26 (17 titles, 9 runner–ups)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
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Finals by surface
Hard (13–5)
Clay (3–3)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Dec 2013 ITF Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 10,000 Hard   Abbie Myers   Lee Ya-hsuan
  Chuang Chia-jung
4–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Loss 1–1 Apr 2014 ITF Glen Iris, Australia 15,000 Hard   Tammi Patterson   Aleksandrina Naydenova
  Jessica Moore
4–6, 2–6
Loss 1–2 Jun 2015 ITF Bethany Beach, United States 10,000 Clay   Belinda Woolcock   Andie Daniell
  Sophie Chang
4–6, 1–6
Loss 1–3 Jun 2015 ITF Charlotte, United States 10,000 Clay   Lauren Herring   Maria Fernanda Alves
  Renata Zarazúa
4–6, 7–6(8–6) [8–10]
Win 2–3 Jun 2016 ITF Baton Rouge, United States 25,000 Hard   Lauren Herring   Jamie Loeb
  Ingrid Neel
6–3, 6–3
Win 3–3 Jul 2016 ITF Brussels, Belgium 10,000 Clay   Carolina Meligeni Alves   Karin Kennel
  Hélène Scholsen
6–2, 6–3
Win 4–3 Jul 2016 ITF Saint-Gervais, France 10,000 Clay   Abbie Myers   Fatma Al-Nabhani
  Estelle Cascino
7–6 (7–5) , 6–2
Win 5–3 Jul 2016 ITF Maaseik, Belgium 10,000 Clay   Sally Peers   Deborah Kerfs
  Chiara Scholl
6–2, 6–2
Loss 5–4 Jun 2017 ITF Sumter, United States 25,000 Hard   Luisa Stefani   Kaitlyn Christian
  Giuliana Olmos
2–6, 6–3, [7–10]
Win 6–4 Jun 2017 ITF Baton Rouge, United States 25,000 Hard   Luisa Stefani   Francesca Di Lorenzo
  Julia Elbaba
6–3, 6–4
Loss 6–5 Jul 2017 ITF Auburn, United States 25,000 Hard   Luisa Stefani   Emina Bektas
  Alexa Guarachi
6–4, 4–6, [5–10]
Win 7–5 Jul 2017 ITF Granby, Canada 60,000 Hard   Carol Zhao   Alexa Guarachi
  Olivia Tjandramulia
6–2, 6–2
Win 8–5 Aug 2017 ITF Fort Worth, United States 25,000 Hard   Giuliana Olmos   Miharu Imanishi
  Ayaka Okuno
6–4, 6–3
Loss 8–6 Nov 2017 ITF Canberra, Australia 60,000 Hard   Jessica Moore   Asia Muhammad
  Arina Rodionova
4–6, 4–6
Win 9–6 Feb 2018 ITF Launceston, Australia 25,000 Hard   Jessica Moore   Laura Robson
  Valeria Savinykh
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Win 10–6 Feb 2018 ITF Perth, Australia 25,000 Hard   Jessica Moore   Olivia Tjandramulia
  Belinda Woolcock
6–7(6–8), 6–1, [7–9] ret.
Loss 10–7 May 2018 ITF Caserta, Italy 25,000 Clay   Jaimee Fourlis   Chen Pei-hsuan
  Wu Fang-hsien
6–7(6–8), 3–6
Win 11–7 Jun 2018 ITF Surbiton, United Kingdom 100,000 Grass   Jessica Moore   Arina Rodionova
  Yanina Wickmayer
4–6, 7–5, [10–3]
Loss 11–8 Jul 2018 ITF Berkeley, United States 60,000 Hard   Sabrina Santamaria   Nicole Gibbs
  Asia Muhammad
4–6, 1–6
Win 12–8 Jul 2018 ITF Granby, Canada 60,000 Hard   Arina Rodionova   Erika Sema
  Aiko Yoshitomi
7–5, 6–4
Win 13–8 Aug 2018 ITF Landisville, United States 60,000 Hard   Arina Rodionova   Chen Pei-hsuan
  Wu Fang-hsien
6–0, 6–2
Win 14–8 Oct 2018 ITF Bendigo, Australia 60,000 Hard   Arina Rodionova   Eri Hozumi
  Risa Ozaki
7–5, 6–1
Win 15–8 Nov 2018 ITF Canberra, Australia 60,000 Hard   Arina Rodionova   Naiktha Bains
  Destanee Aiava
6–7(5–7), 6–3, [10–7]
Win 16–8 Jan 2019 ITF Burnie, Australia 60,000 Hard   Arina Rodionova   Irina Khromacheva
  Maryna Zanevska
6–4, 6–3
Loss 16–9 Jun 2019 ITF Ilkley, United Kingdom 100,000 Grass   Arina Rodionova   Beatriz Haddad Maia
  Luisa Stefani
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [4–10]
Win 17–9 Jan 2020 ITF Burnie, Australia (2) 60,000 Hard   Storm Sanders   Desirae Krawczyk
  Asia Muhammad
6–3, 6–2


  1. ^ "Ellen Perez discusses her decision on leaving UGA women's tennis to turn professional". Red and Black. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ "PEREZ EXCITED FOR GRAND SLAM DEBUT". Tennis Australia. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  3. ^ "PEREZ FALLS, BUT GAINS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE". Tennis Australia. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Qualifying: McHale coasts into second round". Sydney International. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  5. ^ "BIGGEST MOVERS: PEREZ HEADS HIGHER". Tennis Australia. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Sydney International: When the going gets hot, Ellen Perez pounces". The Australian. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  7. ^ "BARTY PREVAILS UNDER A MIDNIGHT SKY". Tennis Australia. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.

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