Grant Connell

Grant Connell
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Birthdate November 17, 1965
Birthplace Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6’1” (1,85m)
Style of play Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1997
Best ATP singles ranking No. 67 (June 17, 1991)
Best ATP doubles ranking No. 1 (November 29, 1993)
Profile on CdnTennis.ca

Biography

Grant Connell (born November 17, 1965 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a Canadian former professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 67 on June 17, 1991 and a career-high ATP doubles ranking of No. 1 on November 29, 1993.

Connell won 22 career doubles titles during his eleven seasons on the ATP Tour. 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, twice with Galbraith and once with Black. He also reached the doubles final of the 1990 Australian Open with Michibata. His best tour singles results were reaching the semifinals 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. In 1993, he was named ATP Doubles Team of the Year with Galbraith. He was also named Tennis Canada male player of the year five times (1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995) and received the Davis Cup Commitment Award in 2012. He retired in 1997.

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. As of the last 10 years Grant has been selling real estate in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he currently resides. He was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 4 (4 runners-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1990 Australian Open Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Pieter Aldrich (RSA)
Danie Visser (RSA)
4–6, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Loss 1993 Wimbledon Grass Patrick Galbraith (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–7, 3–6, 6–7
Loss 1994 Wimbledon Grass Patrick Galbraith (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–7(3–7), 3–6, 1–6
Loss 1996 Wimbledon Grass Byron Black (ZIM) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–4, 1–6, 3–6, 2–6

Other significant finals

Year–End Championship finals

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1995 Eindhoven Carpet (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) Jacco Eltingh (NED)
Paul Haarhuis (NED)
7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6

ATP Championship Series, Single-Week & Super 9 finals

Doubles: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1991 Montréal Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Patrick Galbraith (USA)
Todd Witsken (USA)
4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Loss 1991 Cincinnati Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Ken Flach (USA)
Robert Seguso (USA)
7–6, 4–6, 5–7
Loss 1993 Hamburg Clay Patrick Galbraith (USA) Paul Haarhuis (NED)
Mark Koevermans (NED)
4–6, 7–6, 6–7
Win 1994 Indian Wells Hard Patrick Galbraith (USA) Byron Black (ZIM)
Jonathan Stark (USA)
7–5, 6–3
Win 1995 Paris Carpet (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) Jim Grabb (USA)
Todd Martin (USA)
6–2, 6–2
Win 1996 Rome Clay Byron Black (ZIM) Libor Pimek (BEL)
Byron Talbot (RSA)
6–2, 6–3

ATP career finals

Doubles: 48 (22 titles, 26 runners-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–4)
Olympic Games (0–0)
Masters Grand Prix / ATP Tour World Championships (1–0)
ATP Championship Series, Single-Week / ATP Super 9 (3–3)
ATP Championship Series (8–6)
Grand Prix / ATP World Series (10–13)
Titles by surface
Hard (13–15)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (1–4)
Carpet (6–6)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 1987 Lorraine Open, United States Grand Prix Carpet (i) Larry Scott (USA) Ramesh Krishnan (IND)
Claudio Mezzadri (SUI)
4–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 Aug 1988 Livingston Open, United States Grand Prix Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Marc Flur (USA)
Sammy Giammalva Jr. (USA)
2–6, 6–4, 7–5
Loss 1–2 Oct 1988 Queensland Open, Australia Grand Prix Hard (i) Glenn Michibata (CAN) Eric Jelen (FRG)
Carl-Uwe Steeb (FRG)
4–6, 1–6
Loss 1–3 Jan 1990 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Pieter Aldrich (RSA)
Danie Visser (RSA)
4–6, 6–4, 1–6, 4–6
Loss 1–4 Feb 1990 U.S. Pro Indoor, United States Championship Series Carpet (i) Glenn Michibata (CAN) Rick Leach (USA)
Jim Pugh (USA)
6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Win 2–4 Apr 1990 Seoul Open, South Korea World Series Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Jason Stoltenberg (AUS)
Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
7–6, 6–4
Win 3–4 Jul 1990 Washington Open, United States Championship Series Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Jorge Lozano (MEX)
Todd Witsken (USA)
6–3, 6–7, 6–2
Loss 3–5 Aug 1990 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, United States Championship Series Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Scott Davis (USA)
David Pate (USA)
6–7, 6–7
Loss 3–6 Jan 1991 ATP Auckland Open, New Zealand World Series Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Sergio Casal (ESP)
Emilio Sánchez (ESP)
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 3–7 Mar 1991 Chicago Open, United States World Series Carpet (i) Glenn Michibata (CAN) Scott Davis (USA)
David Pate (USA)
4–6, 7–5, 6–7
Win 4–7 Apr 1991 Singapore Open, Singapore World Series Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Stefan Kruger (RSA)
Christo van Rensburg (RSA)
6–4, 5–7, 7–6
Loss 4–8 Jun 1991 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom World Series Grass Glenn Michibata (CAN) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
4–6, 6–7
Loss 4–9 Jul 1991 Canadian Open, Canada Single-Week Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Patrick Galbraith (USA)
Todd Witsken (USA)
4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Loss 4–10 Aug 1991 Cincinnati Masters, United States Single-Week Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Ken Flach (USA)
Robert Seguso (USA)
7–6, 4–6, 5–7
Loss 4–11 Jan 1992 ATP Auckland Open, New Zealand World Series Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Wayne Ferreira (RSA)
Jim Grabb (USA)
4–6, 3–6
Loss 4–12 Apr 1992 Singapore Open, Singapore World Series Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
7–6, 2–6, 4–6
Loss 4–13 Aug 1992 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, United States Championship Series Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Jim Grabb (USA)
Richey Reneberg (USA)
6–7, 2–6
Win 5–13 Jan 1993 ATP Auckland Open, New Zealand World Series Hard Patrick Galbraith (USA) Alex Antonitsch (AUT)
Alexander Volkov (RUS)
6–3, 7–6
Loss 5–14 Feb 1993 Dubai Tennis Championships, United Arab Emirates World Series Hard Patrick Galbraith (USA) John Fitzgerald (AUS)
Anders Järryd (SWE)
2–6, 1–6
Loss 5–15 May 1993 German Open Tennis Championships, Germany Single-Week Clay Patrick Galbraith (USA) Paul Haarhuis (NED)
Mark Koevermans (NED)
4–6, 7–6, 6–7
Loss 5–16 Jul 1993 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grand Slam Grass Patrick Galbraith (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–7, 3–6, 6–7
Loss 5–17 Jul 1993 Washington Open, United States Championship Series Hard Patrick Galbraith (USA) Byron Black (ZIM)
Rick Leach (USA)
4–6, 5–7
Loss 5–18 Aug 1993 Los Angeles Open, United States World Series Hard Scott Davis (USA) Wayne Ferreira (RSA)
Michael Stich (GER)
6–7, 6–7
Win 6–18 Oct 1993 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Championship Series Carpet (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) Luke Jensen (USA)
Murphy Jensen (USA)
6–3, 6–4
Win 7–18 Nov 1993 ECC Antwerp, Belgium World Series Carpet (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) Wayne Ferreira (RSA)
Javier Sánchez (ESP)
6–3, 7–6
Loss 7–19 Jan 1994 ATP Auckland Open, New Zealand World Series Hard Patrick Galbraith (USA) Patrick McEnroe (USA)
Jared Palmer (USA)
2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Loss 7–20 Feb 1994 Eurocard Open, Germany Championship Series Carpet (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) David Adams (RSA)
Andrei Olhovskiy (RUS)
7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Win 8–20 Mar 1994 Indian Wells Masters, United States Single-Week Hard Patrick Galbraith (USA) Byron Black (ZIM)
Jonathan Stark (USA)
7–5, 6–3
Loss 8–21 Jul 1994 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grand Slam Grass Patrick Galbraith (USA) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–7(3–7), 3–6, 1–6
Win 9–21 Jul 1994 Washington Open, United States (2) Championship Series Hard Patrick Galbraith (USA) Jonas Björkman (SWE)
Jakob Hlasek (SUI)
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Win 10–21 Aug 1994 Volvo International, United States Championship Series Hard Patrick Galbraith (USA) Jacco Eltingh (NED)
Paul Haarhuis (NED)
6–4, 7–6
Win 11–21 Oct 1994 Tokyo Indoor, Japan (2) Championship Series Carpet (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) Byron Black (ZIM)
Jonathan Stark (USA)
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 11–22 Jan 1995 Australian Men's Hardcourt Championships, Australia World Series Hard Byron Black (RSA) Jim Courier (USA)
Patrick Rafter (AUS)
6–7, 4–6
Win 12–22 Jan 1995 ATP Auckland Open, New Zealand (2) World Series Hard Patrick Galbraith (USA) Luis Lobo (ARG)
Javier Sánchez (ESP)
6–4, 6–3
Win 13–22 Feb 1995 Dubai Tennis Championships, United Arab Emirates World Series Hard Patrick Galbraith (USA) Tomás Carbonell (ESP)
Francisco Roig (ESP)
6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Win 14–22 Feb 1995 Eurocard Open, Germany Championship Series Carpet (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) Cyril Suk (CZE)
Daniel Vacek (CZE)
6–2, 6–2
Win 15–22 Apr 1995 XL Bermuda Open, Bermuda World Series Clay Todd Martin (USA) Brett Steven (NZL)
Jason Stoltenberg (AUS)
7–6, 2–6, 7–5
Loss 15–23 Oct 1995 Kuala Lumpur Open, Malaysia World Series Carpet (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) Patrick McEnroe (USA)
Mark Philippoussis (AUS)
5–7, 4–6
Win 16–23 Nov 1995 Paris Masters, France Single-Week Carpet (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) Jim Grabb (USA)
Todd Martin (USA)
6–2, 6–2
Loss 16–24 Nov 1995 Stockholm Open, Sweden World Series Hard (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) Jacco Eltingh (NED)
Paul Haarhuis (NED)
6–3, 2–6, 6–7
Win 17–24 Nov 1995 ATP Tour World Championships, Netherlands World Championships Carpet (i) Patrick Galbraith (USA) Jacco Eltingh (NED)
Paul Haarhuis (NED)
7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6
Win 18–24 Feb 1996 Dubai Tennis Championships, United Arab Emirates (2) World Series Hard Byron Black (ZIM) Karel Nováček (CZE)
Jiří Novák (CZE)
6–0, 6–1
Loss 18–25 Mar 1996 U.S. Pro Indoor, United States Championship Series Carpet (i) Byron Black (ZIM) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–7, 2–6
Win 19–25 May 1996 Italian Open, Italy Super 9 Clay Byron Black (ZIM) Libor Pimek (BEL)
Byron Talbot (RSA)
6–2, 6–3
Win 20–25 Jun 1996 Halle Open, Germany World Series Grass Byron Black (ZIM) Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS)
Daniel Vacek (CZE)
6–1, 7–5
Loss 20–26 Jul 1996 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grand Slam Grass Byron Black (ZIM) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
6–4, 1–6, 3–6, 2–6
Win 21–26 Jul 1996 Washington Open, United States (2) Championship Series Hard Scott Davis (USA) Doug Flach (USA)
Chris Woodruff (USA)
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
Win 22–26 Aug 1996 Volvo International, United States (3) Championship Series Hard Byron Black (ZIM) Jonas Björkman (SWE)
Nicklas Kulti (SWE)
6–4, 6–4

ATP Challenger Tour finals

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)

Titles by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–2)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 1987 Vancouver, Canada $25,000 Hard Alexander Mronz (FRG) 7–6, 6–1
Loss 1–1 Nov 1987 Bergen, Norway $75,000 Carpet (i) Patrik Kühnen (FRG) 4–6, 6–3, 6–7
Win 2–1 Nov 1987 Helsinki, Finland $25,000 Carpet (i) Alexander Zverev Sr. (URS) 7–6, 6–2
Loss 2–2 Oct 1988 Bergen, Norway $75,000 Carpet (i) Tom Nijssen (NED) 3–6, 1–6

Doubles: 4 (4 titles)

Titles by surface
Hard (3–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Apr 1987 Graz, Austria $50,000 Hard (i) David Livingston (USA) Carl Limberger (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS)
7–5, 6–3
Win 2–0 Oct 1987 Coquitlam, Canada $25,000 Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Juan Ríos (PUR)
Roger Smith (BAH)
7–6, 5–7, 6–4
Win 3–0 Oct 1987 Vancouver, Canada $25,000 Hard Glenn Michibata (CAN) Josef Brabenec (CAN)
Tony Macken (CAN)
6–4, 6–2
Win 4–0 Nov 1989 Bergen, Norway $75,000 Carpet (i) Scott Warner (USA) Rikard Bergh (SWE)
Kelly Jones (USA)
7–5, 6–4

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q3 NH 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R A A A 0 / 6 3–6 33%
French Open A A A A A 1R 1R 1R A A A 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Wimbledon A Q3 Q1 1R Q2 1R 1R Q2 A 3R Q2 0 / 4 2–4 33%
US Open A A A 2R A 1R 1R Q2 Q1 Q2 A 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–4 2–4 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 0 / 16 6–16 27%

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R QF QF F 3R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 11 21–11 66%
French Open A 1R 1R 3R SF 2R 1R SF 2R 2R A 0 / 9 13–9 59%
Wimbledon 1R 3R 1R QF SF 2R F F 1R F 2R 0 / 11 26–11 70%
US Open 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R SF 1R 3R 0 / 11 11–11 50%
Win–Loss 1–3 5–4 3–4 12–4 11–4 6–4 7–4 9–4 6–4 7–4 4–3 0 / 42 71–42 63%

Mixed doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R A A 1R 2R 2R SF A 2R 0 / 6 7–6 54%
French Open A A A A A A 2R 2R A A A 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Wimbledon 2R 1R 1R A SF 2R QF SF SF SF SF 0 / 10 25–10 71%
US Open A A A 1R A A QF A A A A 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Win–Loss 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 4–1 1–2 6–4 5–3 7–2 4–1 5–2 0 / 20 34–20 63%

Wins over top-10 opponents

Connell has a 1–9 (10%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.

Wins over top-10 opponents per season
Season 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
No. Opponent Rank Event Surface Round Score Connell
Rank
1991
1. Ivan Lendl (CZE) 3 Queen's Club Championships, United Kingdom Grass 2R 5–7, 6–3, 6–4 81

Titles won with partners

Partner Grand
Slams
Olympic
Games
ATP World
Champs
ATP
Super 9
ATP Champ
Series
ATP World
Series
Total
Patrick Galbraith (USA) 0 0 1 2 5 4 12
Byron Black (ZIM) 0 0 0 1 1 2 4
Glenn Michibata (CAN) 0 0 0 0 1 3 4
Scott Davis (USA) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Todd Martin (USA) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Overall Total 0 0 1 3 8 10 22

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