Australia’s Christopher O’Connell, 25, refused to quit tennis after being hit by financial struggles as he was cleaning boats for about six months last year so he could fund his tennis” career. the australian took a break following his sydney qualifying first round loss at beginning of season as he didn play until july.>
“I was cleaning boats for about six months last year just to fund my tennis. Thankfully this year I’ve had some good results so I’m earning a bit more,” former world No. 219 O’Connell told The First Serve.
O’Connell, now ranked at No. 316 in the world, has spent the majority of his season playing the ITF level events across Europe. The Australian has had lots of success there, having reached a total of 10 finals so far this year.
In those 10 finals appearances, the Australian three times ended on the winning side and seven times finished runner-up respectively. Speaking about his life on tour, O’Connell said: “It’s just pretty much me.
I’m on my own. I’m the only Australian that seems to be playing in Europe. All the Aussies are over in Asia or the states but I prefer to play on the clay. It’s better for my body because I’ve had some injuries.”