Induction Year: 2010
Alex O’Brien was born March 7, 1970 in Amarillo, Texas. He graduated from Tascosa High School in 1988 where he won state in tennis two of his three years there. He was a fourtime All-American at Stanford University where he won the NCAA triple crown (singles, doubles and team titles) in 1992. He held the record for most wins in the college tournament. He earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies at Stanford in 1992.
He turned pro in 1992. He was ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles in May 2000 and was ranked as high as No. 30 in singles in June 1997. He won his only singles title at New Haven, Connecticut in 1996 and reached the quarterfinals of the 1994 Cincinnati Masters and the 1996 Canada Masters. He won 13 doubles titles, the biggest coming at the U.S. Open in 1999, the Cincinnati Masters in 1994 (his first doubles title), the Indian Wells Masters in 2000 and the Paris Masters in 1999. O’Brien played on the United States Davis Cup Team and competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
O’Brien founded the Alex O’Brien Youth Tennis Foundation in 1998 to promote and grow junior tennis in the Panhandle of Texas, using tennis as a platform to inspire, educate, and give hope to youth.