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Reilly Opelka

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Bio He didn't start playing tennis regularly until he began training through USTA in Boca Raton at 13 years old. He credits Tom Gullikson, whom his father knew from playing golf, for much of his early development as a tennis player.
Opelka won the 2015 Junior Wimbledon tournament, defeating World No. 1 Taylor Fritz en route to beating Mikael Ymer in the final and reached the finals of the Boys' Doubles event (with Akira Santillan) at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.
Opelka made his ATP debut at the 2016 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, where he lost in the first round to fifth seed Sam Querrey. In August, Opelka won his first three career ATP matches at the BB&T Atlanta Open to reach the semi-finals at just his 3rd career ATP event. This included a victory over 203 cm player No. 27 Kevin Anderson in which he saved two match points on Anderson's serve. He lost in the semi-finals to top seed John Isner. He continued his momentum with first round wins at the Los Cabos Open and the Cincinnati Masters where he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky and Jérémy Chardy respectively to move into the Top 300 of the ATP rankings. After struggling with a foot injury towards the end of the summer, Opelka returned to the USTA Pro Circuit for the indoor season and won his first ATP Challenger title in Charlottesville to finish the year just outside the Top 200.
In 2017, Opelka got off to a good start to the season by qualifying for the Australian Open. He played No. 11 seed David Goffin in the first round and pushed him to five sets before taking the loss. At the 2017 Memphis Open, he recorded his only ATP Tour level win of the year over fellow Next Gen American Jared Donaldson.
2018 proved to be a breakthrough year for Opelka. He won three ATP Challenger titles in the year, becoming first American to achieve the feat since Bradley Klahn in 2014. He won his first title of the season at the Bordeaux Challenger in May. In November he won back to back titles at the Knoxville Challenger and the JSM Challenger. He also finished as a runner-up at Cary Challenger and Oracle Challenger.
On the ATP world Tour, he reached the quarterfinals at the Delray Beach Open, picking up his first Top 10 win of his burgeoning career, defeating world No. 8 Jack Sock in the second round over three sets.
His solid performance at the ATP Challenger Tour earned him first career Top 100 year end finish in singles, ending the season at 99.
At the 2019 Australian Open, Opelka created a huge upset when he defeated compatriot John Isner in the first round. This was the second Top 10 win of his career.
On February 17, 2019, Opelka won his first ever ATP tournament title. From 12-17 February, Opelka played the New York ATP tournament, which was won in 2018 by Kevin Anderson. Opelka (unseeded) won this tournament on February 17, 2019, defeating Brayden Schnur in the final 6-1, (7)6-7, 7-6(7). On the way to winning the title, Opelka defeated the following opponents: (1R) Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, (R16) Denis Istomin (8)6-7, 7-6(6), 1-0, (QF) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, (SF) John Isner (top seed) (8)6-7, 7-6(14) 7-6(4). This was the second time that Opelka beat Isner in as many months to reach the final.
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