|Reilly Opelka Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||August 28, 1997|
Reilly Opelka is an American professional tennis player who is adept at both the singles and the doubles formats of the sport having been rated as high as world number 17 in singles in February 2022 and world number 89 in doubles in August 2021, as per the official ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) rankings. At Grand Slam tournaments, in the singles format, he had reached the 4th round of the 2021 US Open; and the 3rd round of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, the 2021 French Open, and the 2022 Australian Open. As of September 2022, he had won 4 singles titles on the ATP Tour – the 2019 New York Open (ATP 250), the 2020 Delray Beach Open (ATP 250), the 2022 Dallas Open (ATP 250), and the 2022 U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships (ATP 250). At Grand Slam tournaments, in the doubles format, he had reached the 2nd round of the 2017 US Open. As of September 2022, he had won a solitary doubles title on the ATP Tour – the 2021 Atlanta Open (ATP 250).
Reilly James Opelka
St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan, United States
Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, United States
Professional Tennis Player
- Father – George Opelka
- Mother – Lynne Opelka
- Siblings – Brenna Opelka (Younger Sister)
- Others – Frank Gregory Opelka (Paternal Grandfather), Pauline Therese ‘Duckie’ Briody (Paternal Grandmother), Mike Opelka (Uncle) (Radio Talk Show Host, TV Producer), Donna Swajeski (Aunt) (Screenwriter)
Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)
6 ft 11 in or 211 cm
102 kg or 225 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Reilly has dated –
- Venus Williams (2021) – Rumor
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Irish, 1/8th Bohemian Czech, some English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Danish, Scottish, and German; 1/1024th Oneidan, and 1/1024th Cayuga Iroquoian descent.
- Toned physique
- Towering frame
- Overgrown, tousled, curly hair
- Sports a thick beard
- Affable smile
Reilly has been sponsored by –
- Fila Holdings Corp. (sportswear manufacturer based in South Korea)
- The Wilson Sporting Goods Company (American sports equipment manufacturer)
- Red Bull (Austrian brand of energy drinks)
- New Balance Athletics, Inc. (American sports footwear and apparel manufacturer)
Reilly Opelka Favorite Things
- Tennis Shot – Overhead
- Tennis Surface – Clay
- Tennis Tournaments/Events – US Open, U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships
- Tennis Idol/Role Model – Juan Martín del Potro
- Sports – Tennis, Basketball
- Basketball Players – Tracy McGrady, Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook
- Sports Teams – Chicago Bears (American Football), Chicago Bulls (Basketball), Chicago Blackhawks (Ice Hockey)
Source – ATP Tour
Reilly Opelka Facts
- Born in St. Joseph, Michigan, Reilly and his family had moved to Palm Coast (a city in Flagler County, Florida) when he was about 4 years old. Although he started playing tennis about 2 years later, he began training regularly (through the USTA (United States Tennis Association) in Boca Raton, a city in Palm Beach County, Florida) only when was about 12 years old.
- At the youth tier, at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, he won the title in the boys’ singles event and reached the final of the boys’ doubles event.
- His breakthrough year in the senior tier was 2018 when he won 3 titles on the ATP Challenger Tour, a series of international men’s professional tennis tournaments that serve as the second-highest tier of senior men’s tennis competition, just behind the ATP Tour. Reilly became the first American player to do so since Bradley Klahn in 2014.
- That year, on the ATP Tour, he reached the quarter-final of the Delray Beach Open where he recorded the first win of his career over a player ranked in the ‘Top 10’ of the official ATP singles rankings. He had upset then world number 8 Jack Sock in the 2nd round of the tournament, in 3 sets.
- During the 2018 season, he also missed about 5 weeks of tennis action after being diagnosed with mononucleosis (also known as glandular fever), an infection that often results in fever, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, and tiredness. Despite this, he finished the season ranked number 99 in the world, his first ‘Top-100’ year-end finish in official ATP singles rankings.
- At the 2021 Canadian Open, as an unseeded player, Reilly upset Nick Kyrgios in the 1st round in 3 sets, Grigor Dimitrov in the 2nd round in straight sets, and Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-final in straight sets to reach the semi-final of an ATP Tour Masters 1000 event for just the second time in his career.
- In the semi-final of the tournament, he recorded the biggest win of his career thus far by defeating the 3rd seed and then world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in a grueling 3-setter. This was the first win of his career over a player ranked within the ‘Top 5’ of the official ATP singles rankings.
- In the final of the tournament, his first such appearance at an ATP Tour Masters 1000 event, he lost, in straight sets, to the 1st seed and then world number 2 Daniil Medvedev. By the end of the tournament, he had attained a new career-high singles ranking of world number 23.
- At the 2021 US Open, he reached the 4th round of a Grand Slam tournament (Australian Open/French Open/Wimbledon Championship/US Open), singles or doubles, for the first time in his career. This performance helped him reach a new career-high singles ranking of world number 19.
- In February 2022, at the inaugural edition of the Dallas Open, Reilly won his 3rd singles title on the ATP Tour. In the semi-final of the tournament, he defeated compatriot John Isner with the score reading 7–6 (9–7), 7–6 (24–22). The 46-point (24–22) tiebreak in the second set of that match was the longest tiebreak on the ATP Tour since 1990.
- He counts fellow American professional tennis players Taylor Fritz, Michael Mmoh, Tommy Paul, and Frances Tiafoe, as his closest friends on the ATP Tour. He was the best man at Taylor’s wedding.
- Standing at 6 feet and 11 inches, he is tied, as of September 2022, with Croatia’s Ivo Karlović, for the record of the tallest-ever ATP-ranked player. In April 2022, when he won the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships, he defeated John Isner (6 ft 10 in) in what was the tallest ATP Tour final in the Open Era.
- Reilly is known to be quite passionate about art and fashion and has often been spotted at art galleries and fashion shows. He had even stated in an interview that he would love to work in the fashion industry after retiring from tennis.
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