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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien
Country 23x15px United States
Residence Amarillo, TX, USA
Born (1970-07-13) July 13, 1970 (age 50)
Amarillo, TX, USA
Height Script error: No such module "convert".
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

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

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-Up 1995 U.S. Open Hard 23x15px Sandon Stolle 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
3–6, 3–6
Runner-Up 1996 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Stefan Edberg
23x15px Petr Korda
5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-Up 1997 Australian Open (2) Hard 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
6–4, 5–7, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 1999 U.S. Open Hard 23x15px Sébastien Lareau Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
Template:Country data IND Leander Paes
7–6(9–7), 6–4

Doubles finals (33)

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 23x15px Jonathan Stark 23x15px Tom Nijssen
23x15px Cyril Suk
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. February 28, 1994 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard 23x15px Sandon Stolle 23x15px Jan Apell
23x15px Ken Flach
0–6, 4–6
Winner 1. August 15, 1994 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard 23x15px Sandon Stolle 23x15px Wayne Ferreira
23x15px Mark Kratzmann
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 3. February 13, 1995 San Jose, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Sandon Stolle 23x15px Jim Grabb
23x15px Patrick McEnroe
6–3, 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 4. May 15, 1995 Pinehurst, U.S. Clay 23x15px Sandon Stolle 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. September 11, 1995 U.S. Open, New York Hard 23x15px Sandon Stolle 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. January 29, 1996 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Stefan Edberg
23x15px Petr Korda
5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 7. June 17, 1996 London/Queen's Club, England Grass 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. October 28, 1996 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Jacco Eltingh
23x15px Paul Haarhuis
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 8. November 17, 1996 Doubles Championships, Hartford Carpet 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
4–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 9. January 27, 1997 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
6–4, 5–7, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 3. March 3, 1997 Philadelphia, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Ellis Ferreira
23x15px Patrick Galbraith
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 10. April 28, 1997 Orlando, U.S. Clay 23x15px Jeff Salzenstein 23x15px Mark Merklein
23x15px Vince Spadea
4–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 11. May 19, 1997 Rome, Italy Clay 23x15px Byron Black 23x15px Mark Knowles
23x15px Daniel Nestor
3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 4. July 28, 1997 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard 23x15px Sébastien Lareau Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
23x15px Rick Leach
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 12. August 4, 1997 Montreal, Canada Hard 23x15px Sébastien Lareau Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
Template:Country data IND Leander Paes
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 13. August 18, 1997 New Haven, U.S. Hard 23x15px Sébastien Lareau Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
Template:Country data IND Leander Paes
4–6, 7–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. October 6, 1997 Beijing, China Hard (i) 23x15px Jim Courier Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
Template:Country data IND Leander Paes
5–7, 6–7
Runner-up 15. March 30, 1998 Miami, U.S. Hard 23x15px Jonathan Stark 23x15px Ellis Ferreira
23x15px Rick Leach
2–6, 4–6
Winner 5. April 13, 1998 Hong Kong Hard 23x15px Byron Black 23x15px Neville Godwin
23x15px Tuomas Ketola
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 16. May 4, 1998 Atlanta, U.S. Clay 23x15px Richey Reneberg 23x15px Ellis Ferreira
23x15px Brent Haygarth
3–6, 6–0, 2–6
Runner-up 17. August 24, 1998 New Haven, U.S. Hard 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Wayne Arthurs
23x15px Peter Tramacchi
6–7, 6–1, 3–6
Winner 6. November 2, 1998 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) 23x15px Sébastien Lareau Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
Template:Country data IND Leander Paes
6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 7. January 11, 1999 Doha, Qatar Hard 23x15px Jared Palmer 23x15px Piet Norval
23x15px Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 18. February 22, 1999 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Sebastiean Lareau 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
3–6, 4–6
Winner 8. June 14, 1999 London/Queen's Club, England Grass 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Todd Woodbridge
23x15px Mark Woodforde
6–3, 7–6
Winner 9. September 13, 1999 U.S. Open, New York Hard 23x15px Sébastien Lareau Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
Template:Country data IND Leander Paes
7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner 10. November 8, 1999 Paris, France Carpet 23x15px Sébastien Lareau 23x15px Paul Haarhuis
23x15px Jared Palmer
7–6(9–7), 7–5
Winner 11. November 15, 1999 Doubles Championships, Hartford Carpet 23x15px Sébastien Lareau Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
Template:Country data IND Leander Paes
6–3, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 19. January 20, 2000 Doha, Qatar Hard 23x15px Jared Palmer 23x15px Mark Knowles
23x15px Max Mirnyi
3–6, 4–6
Winner 12. March 20, 2000 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard 23x15px Jared Palmer 23x15px Paul Haarhuis
23x15px Sandon Stolle
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 13. August 21, 2000 Washington D.C., U.S. Hard 23x15px Jared Palmer 23x15px Andre Agassi
23x15px Sargis Sargsian
7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 20. February 26, 2001 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) 23x15px Jonathan Stark 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
3–6, 6–7(3–7)

Doubles performance timeline

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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