“Unbelievable, whirlwind, incredible.” Christopher Eubanks is experiencing a surreal moment at Wimbledon. The American tennis player secured his spot in his first-ever major quarterfinals on Monday with a stunning upset against World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Apart from the thrill of advancing and a substantial prize of US$437,410, Eubanks is discovering several additional benefits that come with his breakthrough at The All England Club.
“I’m realizing that I now have two lifetime credentials at Wimbledon, and it’s overwhelming to see my name featured as an ESPN alert on my phone. It’s also incredible to reflect on how much I used to dislike playing on grass at the beginning of the season, and now I find myself in this position. There are so many ways to look at it,” Eubanks shared during the post-match press conference.
“The entire experience has been a whirlwind. It’s something you dream about, but I never knew if that dream would actually come true. Yet here I am, so it’s pretty remarkable.”
Christopher Eubanks – Eubanks’ meteoric rise has been one of the standout stories of the season. In April, he entered the Top 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings after reaching the quarterfinals of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Miami. Prior to his impressive Wimbledon debut, the former Georgia Tech University standout secured his first tour-level title at the Mallorca Championships. His momentum shows no signs of slowing down.
Currently riding a nine-match winning streak
Currently riding a nine-match winning streak, Eubanks reached new heights on Monday when he earned his first victory against a top-five ranked player, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in a thrilling five-set match. Even Eubanks himself is surprised by his deep run in the tournament.
“We had to change hotel checkout dates a couple of times, but everything else has stayed mostly the same,” Eubanks explained. “Usually, when I book hotels, especially for Grand Slams, I’ll extend until Friday because of the tough cancellation policies. We would wait and see what happens. We did that, then moved it to Monday. And just recently, we decided to move it to next Friday just to see. If necessary, we might extend it until the end of the following week. That’s the only logistical change we’ve had to make.”
Ranked No. 31 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, Eubanks attributes his breakthrough season, in part, to an increased belief in his abilities. He credits WTA stars Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka, close friends of his, for inspiring and instilling that self-confidence.
“For a long time, I questioned whether I was consistent enough to compete at this level on a regular basis. I knew I had the potential to perform well in any given match and give tough times to opponents,” Eubanks confessed. “But I wasn’t sure if I could maintain that level match after match against high-quality opponents.
“Coco has been telling me this for a while, and Naomi echoes the same sentiment. It’s all about reinforcing and instilling confidence, reminding me that I can compete at this level—I just have to believe it! Being around them and hearing their belief is infectious and rubs off on you.”
Eubanks will seek to avenge his previous loss to Daniil Medvedev in Miami
In the quarterfinals, Eubanks will seek to avenge his previous loss to Daniil Medvedev in Miami. However, for now, he wants to savor every moment of this dream turned reality.
Christopher Eubanks – “Everything feels a bit surreal right now. It’s strange to open my social media feed and see so much about myself,” Eubanks admitted. “But I’ve managed to compartmentalize everything. I understand that this is a significant moment, but I also acknowledge that it’s just a tennis match that I need to play in a couple of days. I’m not overly concerned. Today, I’m going to fully enjoy and reflect on this experience—realize how surreal and incredible it is.
“When tomorrow comes, it’ll be another match, and I’ll step onto the court.”