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Grant Connell

Grant Connell
Country (sports)  Canada
Residence Vancouver, Canada
Born (1965-11-17) November 17, 1965
Regina, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1997
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,911,097
Singles
Career record 75–100 (ATP Tour, Grand Prix and Grand Slam, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 67 (17 June 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1991)
French Open 1R (1990, 1992)
Wimbledon 3R (1994)
US Open 2R (1988)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (1988)
Doubles
Career record 398–237 (ATP Tour, Grand Prix and Grand Slam, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 22
Highest ranking No. 1 (29 November 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1990)
French Open SF (1991, 1994)
Wimbledon F (1993, 1994, 1996)
US Open SF (1995)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (1996)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1995)
French Open 2R (1993, 1994)
Wimbledon SF (1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
US Open QF (1993)

Grant Connell (Pronounced: KAHN-nell[1]) (born November 17, 1965) is a former professional tennis player from Canada, and has been a successful real estate agent for the past 10 years in Vancouver.[2] He specializes in West Vancouver North Vancouver and Downtown properties real estate transactions. He is considered one of the world's top doubles player from the early to mid-1990s, reaching the World No. 1 doubles ranking in November 1993.

Connell won 22 career doubles titles during his eleven seasons on the ATP tour (1986 to 1997). He won his first four with fellow Canadian Glenn Michibata. Upon Michibata's retirement from the tour, Connell joined Patrick Galbraith. The Connell-Galbraith tandem won 12 titles together including the 1995 season ending Doubles Championship tournament. Connell's next main partner became Byron Black with whom he won 4 more titles. He also won a title each with Todd Martin and Scott Davis. He was a three-time Wimbledon doubles finalist, once each with Michibata, Galbraith, and Black.

A left-hander, Connell best singles ranking was World No. 67, which he reached in June 1991. His best tour singles results were reaching the semi-finals of the 1991 Chicago, 1991 Singapore, and 1992 Auckland Grand Prix events.

Connell's best grand slam singles results were reaching the third round of the 1991 Australian Open and 1994 Wimbledon.

A solid grass-court player, Connell had Andre Agassi on the ropes in their first round encounter at Wimbledon in 1991. In that match, Connell served a gutsy second serve ace to win the third set tie-breaker and go up two sets to one. Agassi however won the final two sets 7-5, 6-3, to take the match. (The following year at Wimbledon saw Agassi win his first Grand Slam event.)

Connell played Davis Cup for Canada on numerous occasions posting a career 15 and 6 win-loss record in doubles and an equally impressive 8 and 3 record in singles. He was a member of Canada's 1991 and 1992 teams, its first ever to qualify for the World Group.

Contents

  • As a college player 1
  • As a touring pro 2
    • 1984, 1985 2.1
    • 1986 2.2
    • 1987 2.3
    • 1988 2.4
    • 1989 2.5
    • 1990 2.6
    • 1991 2.7
    • 1992 2.8
    • 1993 2.9
    • 1994 2.10
  • Doubles titles (22) 3
  • Doubles performance timeline 4
    • Honours 4.1
  • After retiring as a tennis pro 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

As a college player

Growing up in North Vancouver, Connell was an All-American in doubles in 1984 and in singles in 1985 at Texas A&M University. In '85 he lost in the quarterfinals of the NCAA individual tennis championships to fellow future touring pro Mikael Pernfors.

As a touring pro

1984, 1985

While still an amateur, Connell played the Player's International twice as a wild card entry, losing in the first round of the main draw each time. In 1984 he lost to World No. 17 Joakim Nyström 4-6, 3-6, while the following summer Connell fell to World No. 47, 6-7, 3-6.

On December 30, 1985, Connell was ranked by the ATP World No. 570T in singles and No. 724T in doubles.

1986

Connell played the San Luis Potosí Challenger in March, reaching the second round in both singles and doubles. He defeated World No. 327 Evan Ratner 6-1, 6-4, before losing to World No. 415 Karl Richter 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, while in doubles, he and partner Mark Greenan, also Canadian, lost their second round match to Mark Wooldridge and Derek Tarr in a 3rd set tie-break.

In July, Connell played two further challengers. At the Schenectady Challenger, he and Greenan lost in the first round in doubles. At the Berkeley Challenger the following week, Connell and Greenan again lost in the first round, while in singles Connell reached the semi-finals, defeating Charles Buzz Strode, Russell Simpson, and Paul Chamberlin all in straight sets before falling to Mike Bauer 6-7, 2-6.

In August, Connell again played the Player's, but in doubles this time, again partnering Greenan. The pair lost however in the first round, to the pair of Ricardo Acuña and Bob Green, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6. Connell next saw action in three European challengers in November. At the Helsinki Challenger, he lost in both singles and doubles in the first round. The following week at Bergen Challenger, he reached the second round of both, falling to Dan Goldie in three sets in singles and partnering Chamberlin in doubles. Connell finished 1986 on tour with a bang, reaching the semi-finals at the Valkenswaard Challenger in both singles and doubles, again partnering Chamberlin.

On December 29, 1986, Connell was ranked World No. 191 in singles and No. 217 in doubles.

1987

Connell began 1987 playing in his first grand slam event, the Australian Open. He lost in singles in the first round, in straight sets, to World No. 116 Todd Nelson. In doubles, he and partner American Chris Kennedy reached the second round.

Connell's next main draw action was in March, at the Cherbourg Challenger.

1988

Connell began the year at the AAMI Classic in Sydney, Australia where he lost in the 1st round to Pete Sampras 6-4,5-7,6-4.

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

Doubles titles (22)

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (1)
ATP Masters Series (3)
ATP Championship Series (8)
ATP Tour (10)
Titles by Surface
Hard (13)
Clay (2)
Grass (1)
Carpet (6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 30 March 1987 Nancy, France Carpet Larry Scott Ramesh Krishnan
Claudio Mezzadri
4–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 22 August 1988 Livingston, United States Hard Glenn Michibata Marc Flur
Sammy Giammalva, Jr.
2–6, 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 10 October 1988 Brisbane, Australia Hard (i) Glenn Michibata Eric Jelen
Carl-Uwe Steeb
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 29 January 1990 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Glenn Michibata Pieter Aldrich
Danie Visser
4–6, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 26 February 1990 Philadelphia, United States Carpet Glenn Michibata Rick Leach
Jim Pugh
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 23 April 1990 Seoul, South Korea Hard Glenn Michibata Jason Stoltenberg
Todd Woodbridge
7–6, 6–4
Winner 3. 23 July 1990 Washington, D.C., United States Hard Glenn Michibata Jorge Lozano
Todd Witsken
6–3, 6–7, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 20 August 1990 Indianapolis, United States Hard Glenn Michibata Scott Davis
David Pate
6–7, 6–7
Runner-up 6. 14 January 1991 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Glenn Michibata Sergio Casal
Emilio Sánchez
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 4 March 1991 Chicago, United States Carpet Glenn Michibata Scott Davis
David Pate
4–6, 7–5, 6–7
Winner 4. 29 April 1991 Singapore Hard Glenn Michibata Stefan Kruger
Christo van Rensburg
6–4, 5–7, 7–6
Runner-up 8. 17 June 1991 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Glenn Michibata Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–7
Runner-up 9. 29 July 1991 Montreal, Canada Hard Glenn Michibata Patrick Galbraith
Todd Witsken
4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 10. 12 August 1991 Cincinnati, United States Hard Glenn Michibata Ken Flach
Robert Seguso
7–6, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 13 January 1992 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Glenn Michibata Wayne Ferreira
Jim Grabb
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 6 April 1992 Singapore Hard Glenn Michibata Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
7–6, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 24 August 1992 Indianapolis, United States Hard Glenn Michibata Jim Grabb
Richey Reneberg
6–7, 2–6
Winner 5. 18 January 1993 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Patrick Galbraith Alex Antonitsch
Alexander Volkov
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 14. 8 February 1993 Dubai, UAE Hard Patrick Galbraith John Fitzgerald
Anders Järryd
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 15. 9 May 1993 Hamburg, Germany Clay Patrick Galbraith Paul Haarhuis
Mark Koevermans
4–6, 7–6, 6–7
Runner-up 16. 5 July 1993 Wimbledon, London Grass Patrick Galbraith Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
6–7, 3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 17. 26 July 1993 Washington, D.C., United States Hard Patrick Galbraith Byron Black
Rick Leach
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 18. 8 August 1993 Los Angeles, United States Hard Scott Davis Wayne Ferreira
Michael Stich
6–7, 6–7
Winner 6. 18 October 1993 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet Patrick Galbraith Luke Jensen
Murphy Jensen
6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 15 November 1993 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet Patrick Galbraith Wayne Ferreira
Javier Sánchez
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 19. 17 January 1994 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Patrick Galbraith Patrick McEnroe
Jared Palmer
2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 20. 21 February 1994 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Carpet Patrick Galbraith David Adams
Andrei Olhovskiy
7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 8. 7 March 1994 Indian Wells, United States Hard Patrick Galbraith Byron Black
Jonathan Stark
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 21. 4 July 1994 Wimbledon, London Grass Patrick Galbraith Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
6–7, 3–6, 1–6
Winner 9. 25 July 1994 Washington, D.C., United States Hard Patrick Galbraith Jonas Björkman
Jakob Hlasek
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 10. 22 August 1994 New Haven, United States Hard Patrick Galbraith Jacco Eltingh
Paul Haarhuis
6–4, 7–6
Winner 11. 17 October 1994 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet Patrick Galbraith Byron Black
Jonathan Stark
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 22. 9 January 1995 Adelaide, Australia Hard Byron Black Jim Courier
Patrick Rafter
6–7, 4–6
Winner 12. 16 January 1995 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Patrick Galbraith Luis Lobo
Javier Sánchez
6–4, 6–3
Winner 13. 13 February 1995 Dubai, UAE Hard Patrick Galbraith Tomás Carbonell
Francisco Roig
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 14. 27 February 1995 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Carpet Patrick Galbraith Cyril Suk
Daniel Vacek
6–2, 6–2
Winner 15. 24 April 1995 Bermuda Clay Todd Martin Brett Steven
Jason Stoltenberg
7–6, 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 23. 9 October 1995 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Carpet Patrick Galbraith Patrick McEnroe
Mark Philippoussis
5–7, 4–6
Winner 16. 6 November 1995 Paris Indoor, France Carpet Patrick Galbraith Jim Grabb
Todd Martin
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 24. 13 November 1995 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Patrick Galbraith Jacco Eltingh
Paul Haarhuis
6–3, 2–6, 6–7
Winner 17. 25 November 1995 Doubles Championships, Eindhoven Carpet Patrick Galbraith Jacco Eltingh
Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 18. 19 February 1996 Dubai, UAE Hard Byron Black Karel Nováček
Jiří Novák
6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 25. 4 March 1996 Philadelphia, United States Carpet Byron Black Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
6–7, 2–6
Winner 19. 20 May 1996 Rome, Italy Clay Byron Black Libor Pimek
Byron Talbot
6–2, 6–3
Winner 20. 24 June 1996 Halle, Germany Grass Byron Black Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Daniel Vacek
6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 26. 8 July 1996 Wimbledon, London Grass Byron Black Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
6–4, 1–6, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 21. 22 July 1996 Washington, D.C., United States Hard Scott Davis Doug Flach
Chris Woodruff
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 22. 19 August 1996 New Haven, United States Hard Byron Black Jonas Björkman
Nicklas Kulti
6–4, 6–4

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A NH 2R QF QF F 3R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 11 21–11
French Open A A A A 1R 1R 3R SF 2R 1R SF 2R 2R A 0 / 9 13–9
Wimbledon A A A 1R 3R 1R QF SF 2R F F 1R F 2R 0 / 11 26–11
U.S. Open A A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R SF 1R 3R 0 / 11 11–11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 42 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 5–4 3–4 12–4 11–4 6–4 7–4 9–4 6–4 7–4 4–3 N/A 71–42
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells These Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
2R 2R QF 2R W QF SF 2R 1 / 8 11–7
Miami 3R 2R 3R 2R 2R SF SF QF 0 / 8 7–8
Monte Carlo A A A 2R QF 2R SF A 0 / 4 4–4
Rome A A A 1R 1R 2R W 2R 1 / 5 7–4
Hamburg A A A F 2R QF QF 1R 0 / 5 7–5
Canada SF F 1R SF 2R SF QF A 0 / 7 10–7
Cincinnati 2R F 2R SF QF QF QF A 0 / 7 9–7
Stuttgart (Stockholm) SF 2R SF SF 2R SF 2R A 0 / 7 9–7
Paris 2R 2R 2R QF SF W SF A 1 / 7 9–6
Masters Series SR N/A 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 9 1 / 9 1 / 9 1 / 9 0 / 4 3 / 58 N/A
Annual Win-Loss N/A 6–6 7–6 7–6 12–9 9–8 13–8 16–8 3–4 N/A 73–55
Year End Ranking 758 724 217 96 32 48 10 10 27 1 7 5 3 100 N/A

A = did not participate in main draw of tournament
NH = tournament not held

Honours

Connell was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.[3]

After retiring as a tennis pro

Upon retiring from the tour in 1997, Connell became High Performance Director at Tennis BC as well as Davis Cup Captain. As captain he led the team to the World Group for only the second time.[4] As of the last 10 years Grant has been selling real estate in Vancouver, BC.[5]

References

  1. ^ [2]ATPWorldTour.com - Players - Profile
  2. ^ Connell, Grant. "Grant Connell Personal Real Estate Corporation". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tennis Canada Hall of Fame - Grant Connell". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame - Grant Connell". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Meet Our Associates". Angell Hasman & Associates Realty. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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