Youth Tennis Foundation
Alex O'Brien (born March 7, 1970 in Amarillo, Texas) is a professional tennis player from the United States, who competed on the ATP Tour. He was the No. 1 doubles player in the world (gaining that ranking on May 8, 2000) and was ranked as high as 30 in the world in singles (gaining that ranking on June 21, 1997).
He won his only singles title at New Haven, Connecticut, in 1996. He won 13 doubles titles, the biggest coming at the US Open in 1999, the Cincinnati Masters in 1994 (his first doubles title), the Indian Wells Masters in 2000, and the Paris Masters in 1999.
He also played on the United States Davis Cup team, and was a four-time All-American at Stanford University where he won NCAA singles, doubles and team titles in 1992. He earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies at Stanford in 1992.
And the match begins. The first set goes to Alex but not easily, 7-5 was the score. The second set, Shannon was in the zone by then and pulled it out, 6-3! It was fabulous to watch and they were both playing hard. Alex wasn't just toying with Shannon either, he didn't drop shot or lob him, he didn't play left-handed (he's right-handed) either. They go to a 3rd set tie breaker which Alex picks up but again, not easily at 10-8. They competed almost 2 hours. It was a fabulous match to watch and so fun to see my hubby play his A-game and give a pro a run for his money.
Alex is a super nice guy and really down to earth. He was very complimentary of Shannon's ability and competition. After the match, Shannon and a few other friends hung around listening to Alex's stories of being on the pro circuit and the other athletes he got to know. Alex played with or against Stephan Edburg, Pat McEnroe, Andre Agassi and John Courier, just to name a few. A little impressive if you ask me. It was a fun night for all involved, not to mention lucrative for the foundation...
If you are interested in learning more about the Alex O'Brien Youth Tennis Foundation, contact Dave Olesen at Tascosa Tennis Center: firstname.lastname@example.org or 806-372-1276.