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Grant Connell
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Country  Canada
Residence Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Date of birth November 17, 1965 (1965-11-17) (age 44)
Place of birth Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

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Weight 180 lb (81 kg)[2]
Turned pro 1986
Retired N/A
Plays Left-handed;
Career prize money US$2,911,097
Singles
Career record 75–100
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 67 (17 June, 1991)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 3R (1991)
French Open 1R (1990, 1992)
Wimbledon 3R (1994)
US Open 2R (1988)
Doubles
Career record 398–237
Career titles 22
Highest ranking No. 1 (29 Nov., 1993 — 17 Jan., 1994; 07 March 1994; 09 May 1994 — 23 May, 1994)
Australian Open F (1990, w/Michibata)
French Open F (1993, w/Galbraith)
Wimbledon F (1994, w/Galbraith; 1996, w/Black)
US Open SF (1995, w/Galbraith)
Last updated on: 18 July 2009.

Grant Connell (Pronounced: KAHN-nell[1])(born November 17, 1965 in Regina) is a former professional tennis player from Canada. He was one of the world's top doubles player from the early through middle 1990s.

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.

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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

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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 Nystrom 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 Potosi 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 Acuna 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 partnerning 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.

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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)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 22 August 1988 Livingston, U.S. Hard Canada Glenn Michibata United States Marc Flur
United States Sammy Giammalva Jr.
2–6, 6–4, 7–5
2. 23 April 1990 Seoul, South Korea Hard Canada Glenn Michibata Australia Jason Stoltenberg
Australia Todd Woodbridge
7–6, 6–4
3. 23 July 1990 Washington D.C., U.S. Hard Canada Glenn Michibata Mexico Jorge Lozano
United States Todd Witsken
6–3, 6–7, 6–2
4. 29 April 1991 Singapore Hard Canada Glenn Michibata South Africa Stefan Kruger
South Africa Christo Van Rensburg
6–4, 5–7, 7–6
5. 18 January 1993 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Patrick Galbraith Austria Alex Antonitsch
Russia Alexander Volkov
6–3, 7–6
6. 18 October 1993 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Patrick Galbraith United States Luke Jensen
United States Murphy Jensen
7–5, 6–3
7. 15 November 1993 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet United States Patrick Galbraith South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Spain Javier Sánchez
6–3, 7–6
8. 7 March 1994 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard United States Patrick Galbraith Zimbabwe Byron Black
United States Jonathan Stark
3–6, 6–1, 7–6
9. 25 July 1994 Washington D.C., U.S. Hard United States Patrick Galbraith Sweden Jonas Björkman
Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
6–2, 6–3
10. 22 August 1994 New Haven, U.S. Hard United States Patrick Galbraith Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
6–3, 7–6
11. 17 October 1994 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Patrick Galbraith Zimbabwe Byron Black
United States Jonathan Stark
4–6, 7–6, 7–6
12. 16 January 1995 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Patrick Galbraith Argentina Luis Lobo
Spain Javier Sánchez
6–4, 6–3
13. 13 February 1995 Dubai, UAE Hard United States Patrick Galbraith Spain Tomás Carbonell
Spain Francisco Roig
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
14. 27 February 1995 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Carpet United States Patrick Galbraith Czech Republic Cyril Suk
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6–2, 6–2
15. 24 April 1995 Bermuda Clay United States Todd Martin New Zealand Brett Steven
Australia Jason Stoltenberg
7–6, 2–6, 7–5
16. 6 November 1995 Paris Indoor, France Carpet United States Patrick Galbraith United States Jim Grabb
United States Todd Martin
6–3, 7–6
17. 25 November 1995 Doubles Championships, Eindhoven Carpet United States Patrick Galbraith Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6
18. 19 February 1996 Dubai, UAE Hard Zimbabwe Byron Black Czech Republic Karel Nováček
Czech Republic Jiří Novák
6–0, 6–1
19. 20 May 1996 Rome, Italy Clay Zimbabwe Byron Black Belgium Libor Pimek
South Africa Byron Talbot
6–2, 6–3
20. 24 June 1996 Halle, Germany Grass Zimbabwe Byron Black Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6–1, 7–5
21. 22 July 1996 Washington D.C., U.S. Hard United States Scott Davis United States Doug Flach
United States Chris Woodruff
6–4, 7–6
22. 19 August 1996 New Haven, U.S. Hard Zimbabwe Byron Black Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
6–4, 6–2

Doubles runners-up (26)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 30 March 1987 Nancy, France Carpet United States Larry Scott India Ramesh Krishnan
Switzerland Claudio Mezzadri
6–4, 6–4
2. 10 October 1988 Brisbane, Australia Hard (i) Canada Glenn Michibata Germany Eric Jelen
Germany Carl-Uwe Steeb
6–4, 6–1
3. 29 January 1990 Australian Open, Melbourne Hard Canada Glenn Michibata South Africa Pieter Aldrich
South Africa Danie Visser
6–4, 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
4. 26 February 1990 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet Canada Glenn Michibata United States Rick Leach
United States Jim Pugh
6–4, 6–2
5. 20 August 1990 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard Canada Glenn Michibata United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
6. 14 January 1991 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Canada Glenn Michibata Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
7. 4 March 1991 Chicago, U.S. Carpet Canada Glenn Michibata United States Scott Davis
United States David Pate
6–4, 5–7, 7–6
8. 17 June 1991 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Canada Glenn Michibata Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7–6, 6–4
9. 29 July 1991 Montreal, Canada Hard Canada Glenn Michibata United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Todd Witsken
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
10. 12 August 1991 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard Canada Glenn Michibata United States Ken Flach
United States Robert Seguso
6–3, 6–4
11. 13 January 1992 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Canada Glenn Michibata South Africa Wayne Ferreira
United States Jim Grabb
6–4, 6–3
12. 6 April 1992 Singapore Hard Canada Glenn Michibata Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–7, 6–2, 6–4
13. 24 August 1992 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard Canada Glenn Michibata United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
4–6, 6–2, 7–6
14. 8 February 1993 Dubai, UAE Hard United States Patrick Galbraith Australia John Fitzgerald
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–2, 6–1
15. 14 January 1993 Hamburg, Germany Clay United States Patrick Galbraith Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Netherlands Mark Koevermans
7–6, 6–4
16. 5 July 1993 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Patrick Galbraith Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7–6, 6–3, 7–6
17. 26 July 1993 Washington D.C., U.S. Hard United States Patrick Galbraith Zimbabwe Byron Black
United States Rick Leach
6–4, 7–6
18. 14 January 1993 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard United States Scott Davis South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Germany Michael Stich
7–6, 7–6
19. 17 January 1994 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Patrick Galbraith United States Patrick McEnroe
United States Jared Palmer
6–2, 4–6, 6–4
20. 21 February 1994 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Carpet United States Patrick Galbraith South Africa David Adams
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
6–7, 6–4, 7–6
21. 4 July 1994 Wimbledon, London Grass United States Patrick Galbraith Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7–6, 6–3, 6–1
22. 9 January 1995 Adelaide, Australia Hard Zimbabwe Byron Black United States Jim Courier
Australia Patrick Rafter
7–6, 6–4
23. 9 October 1995 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Carpet United States Patrick Galbraith United States Patrick McEnroe
Australia Mark Philippoussis
7–5, 6–4
24. 13 November 1995 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) United States Patrick Galbraith Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
3–6, 6–2, 7–6
25. 4 March 1996 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet Zimbabwe Byron Black Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7–6, 6–2
26. 8 July 1996 Wimbledon, London Grass Zimbabwe Byron Black Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–2

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 player

Upon retiring from the tour in 1997, Connell became High Performance Director with Tennis BC and real estate agent with a Prudential Financial subsidiary. From February 2001 to June 2004 he also captained Canada's Davis Cup team, as the team in September 2003 won promotion to the World Group for only the second time. At present he is a realtor in Vancouver, BC (www.grantconnell.com).

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